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Recovery Board’s expat Paul Bayly getting a whopping $350K per annum

- Radio commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline unearthed on Honestly Speaking
Paul Bayly, a native of New Zealand and a former permanent secretary of Fiji, contracted to be the CEO of the Recovery Agency. Photo: Fiji Sun Online News
Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Territory September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO file
Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Territory September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO file
The Agency is responsible for the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO file
The Agency is responsible for the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO file
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Social Commentator, on his radio broadcast, Honestly Speaking, which is aired every Tuesday at 5:00 P.M. on ZBVI 780 AM, disclosed to the public last Tuesday, July 17, 2018, that the recently appointed Recovery Agency’s CEO, Paul Bayly, a native of New Zealand and a former permanent secretary of FIJI, is receiving a salary of $350,000 per annum.

The Agency, the result of a United Kingdom mandated vehicle that was passed into law by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, is responsible for the recovery and development of the Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The new CEO, Mr Bayly, according to the Fiji Sun Online News, dated November 17, 2017 became a Permanent Secretary in February of 2016 but resigned October 2017 citing family commitment.

Mr Bayly has been contracted for the life of the agency which many, both in Government and Opposition, have argued is an alternate Government, because the United Kingdom Government does not trust the ruling NDP with the Territory’s finances.

5 years millions and millions

Being paid for by taxpayers, Mr Bayly in essence has signed on to a one million, seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($1,750,000.00) contract not including allowance for the 5 year life of the agency, according to Skelton-Cline.

Mr Skelton-Cline said, on his show live, “because the government in their normal fashion does not do well with full disclosure, we do not yet know the full terms, conditions and compensation package of the CEO”.

Mr Skelton-Cline questioned how such a compensation squares with other statutory bodies, such as Social Security, BVI Electricity Corporation, BVI Ports Authority and the College President for example. He continued to surmise about the wages of teachers, custom officers who protect our borders, some at night on the waters with inadequate equipment and weapons. “What about their compensations?” he asked.  

Too much for locals

He went on to say, “our elected officials bark and question when it’s a local being paid appropriately based on their competencies and performance but seems not to bat an eye at approving these kind of contracts like Mr Bayly’s, as long as it’s not a local.”

Skelton-Cline, requested that the Government and or the board of the Agency provide the public with the budget, the plans and the procurement regulations for the operations of the Agency.  The former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority added “We cannot just keep saying let’s get on with, it although we haven’t heard that much lately, when we do not know what exactly we are getting on with.”


16 Responses to “Recovery Board’s expat Paul Bayly getting a whopping $350K per annum”

  • Reply monkey see monkey do (19/07/2018, 17:37) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    all this waste of money because the NDP cannot be trusted. Wellsah
  • The Reaper (19/07/2018, 18:55) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    No Sahhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!! We need that. Bring it back
  • wize up (19/07/2018, 19:04) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    what ah ting!!!! how some saying the place broke: 7mil gone in the air: 87 mil in the park: some saying another 10mil miss from elsewhere: 8mil misdirected from east end sewage project: all now the roads mashup: emergency shelters need rescuing: some of our seniors have home problems: hear-this; some who pointing-fingers have a big hand in the financial downfall and the misdirection of your tax money!!!!
  • island man (19/07/2018, 20:11) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    after reading this i develop a pain so great am still crying.
    Please I need help from the Doctor; I never said Smith!
    What a thing
  • A man (19/07/2018, 22:39) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    Good. Finally the BVI is recognising that it needs to pay what it takes for the best. Next stop recruiting proper Commercial Court judges again and paying them appropriate salaries outside the normal wage bands.
    • Local talent available (20/07/2018, 16:42) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why not ask Farara, Fahie and Carrington to do the judging - no accommodation costs or flights then
  • ??? (19/07/2018, 23:35) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    That’s a ridiculous amount of money but I rather him have it if we can get things done properly the first time or instead of it vanishing into thin air.
    • wize up (20/07/2018, 08:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ ???: these folk are here because our own people have fu(k-up: now who will watch over this person to ensure the people get value for money......
    • Savings (20/07/2018, 11:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      If he can save that amount a year from being squandered in paybacks then he is worth it but really who needs to earn that kind of money?? It’s a ridiculous amount of money to pay someone. $168 per hour. Just hope he isn’t also be paid a housing and car allowance.
      • Sail (24/07/2018, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you qualify to do the dam job all your quulify to do is walk lazy along the road bvi Had a booming economy the people put in mess up like prostitution was necessary what we get out of it thief’s educated fools going back to burning coals jealous no one work and achieve your own stop talking
  • just noticing (20/07/2018, 08:40) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    maybe he has some experience or knowledge pertaining to the job, but so do many others right here.
    looks kind of shady to me. i wouldn't hire him.
  • 365 (20/07/2018, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    You gave us the problem what is he solution? Who do you suggest from us locals, is qualified for the post?
  • rubbish (20/07/2018, 10:08) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Would he get paid that much in any other jurisdiction? I am not surprised. My overpaid white people coming. That place dumb.
  • biker (20/07/2018, 17:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where exactly did this talk show host obtain the information that the Recovery Agency CEO would be paid a salary of 1.75 million dollars over a 5 year period? This whole 'news' article seems to be based on hearsay. Please provide us with some actual evidence of this claimed salary.
  • Not2Sure (21/07/2018, 11:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Concerned (22/07/2018, 12:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How was this man selected? What is his qualification for the job? Was the job advertised locally stating qualifications and salary, and that qualified locals could apply? Who is paying this man? Is the UK paying this man? Is he going to be paid from our local budget? Is he going to be paid from the borrowed money?

    If the UK is not paying this man's salary, and he is to be paid from our local budget or from the borrowed money, that means, either way, the local tax payers will have to foot this bill, and not have a say in the hiring, or not have a chance to apply for the job. What's going on? We want to know. Looks like BV Islanders are in trouble again even with this recovery team. We want some transparency in this matter. How much is the rest of the team being paid?

    If we do not have money to finance our recovery now, where is this money coming from to pay this man and others? It seems like the UK should be giving a grant to pay the salaries of this recovery team, then we would not have to worry about who they hire or how much they are paid.

    Somebody help me out here, I need some answers to these questions, so that I can make an informed analysis, because right now I cannot understand any of this. I am totally confused. I am or was of the view that this recovery team is supposed to bring some ethical and financial relief to the territory trying to recover from a disaster, not to put us further into repayment trouble. Somebody please help us to understand this, I am very worried by this trend!

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