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St. Lucian Lenius Lendor is new Ports Authority Boss

St. Lucian Lenius Lendor is new Ports Authority Boss. Internet Source
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline. Photo: VINO/File
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There is now no hope for Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, returning as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, since the National Democratic Party (NDP) Cabinet, has approved the recommendation of the entity’s Board of Directors, to hire St Lucian national, Lenius Lendor, to take up the post.

He started his job on Monday, September 3, 2018, and is employed on a two-year contract.

Mr Lendor is also earning more than the last Managing Director, with his base salary at $120,000 per year, in addition to generous allowances. 

Many residents have criticised the NDP for their percieved history of disenfranchising locals who are qualified for jobs and instead place expatriates in those positions.

Locals shut out

A few years ago the Co-Leader of the Government, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), said there is nothing that can be done to protect locals.

Virgin Islander, Akeen  R. Pickering, has been named Deputy Managing Director for a year—a story first and accurately  reported by our news site.

34 Responses to “St. Lucian Lenius Lendor is new Ports Authority Boss”

  • Kreff Dollar (07/09/2018, 12:47) Like (5) Dislike (45) Reply
    We want Claude for District 2
  • flUffy (07/09/2018, 13:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
  • BRAD BOYNES (07/09/2018, 13:14) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do not supervise this manumber Akeen.
  • the first (07/09/2018, 13:18) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thing to talk lawd
  • Eagle Eye (07/09/2018, 13:20) Like (28) Dislike (16) Reply
    Ndp you have to go
  • great news (07/09/2018, 13:35) Like (66) Dislike (7) Reply
    The port is a mess, theft is rife, this isn't about disenfranchising locals but getting the job done.
  • Hmmmm (07/09/2018, 14:28) Like (28) Dislike (18) Reply
    St.Lucians running prison and port after housing prisoners. Things that make you say hmmmmmm.
  • Patriotic (07/09/2018, 14:46) Like (35) Dislike (10) Reply
    I think akeem pickering did splendid job giving the circumstances ad the condition when he was at the helm
    We should empower Mr pickering and give him the job
    • Agent (08/09/2018, 07:44) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      Akem is not maturre enough and talks to much
    • Observer (08/09/2018, 07:59) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
      Mr Pickering is qualify for the position why is this young man being overlooked . Are we going to be second class citizen all the time in this country . When would this Government see the potential in its own people ,they see it fit to pay expatriate these big salary and allowance and find it hard and to much for a local to collect anything over 3 gran. They receive their own not but welcome a stranger. Its therein plain site.
      • Sad but True (09/09/2018, 07:14) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
        Yep. You got it. They always want to pay their own pittance even when they are fully qualified for the job. Then they want them to do a whole ton more than they were hired to do at zero cost or incentive. They never have money when it comes to qualified locals but can find the biggest salary to roll out when find they imported help. We are sick in this place!!
  • NezRez (07/09/2018, 15:00) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    So, are they saying there is not one qualified honest BVI lander to fill this position?
  • What!! (07/09/2018, 15:16) Like (45) Dislike (10) Reply
    The port is a mess and lots of theft if this man is able and qualified to get it sorted then he should have the job. Jobs should go to the most qualified, experienced and capable no matter where they were born.
  • mm (07/09/2018, 15:30) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Localso out
  • Yep (07/09/2018, 16:14) Like (26) Dislike (47) Reply
    Guess they need someone who is experience, loyal knowledgeable, respectful and honest...BVIslanders names have been stained all over the world as greedy, selfish, irresponsible and corrupt. Banks ECDB, etc not excited about doing business with locals managing their money..
  • Rat (07/09/2018, 18:51) Like (10) Dislike (21) Reply
    mr.pickering is a local but waste of time only a yes man. don't make tough decisions his time up when he learns what responsibility is and humility is then we can consider him. hodini is not how you run a port. thank you mr.pickering your time up now say it ain't so.
  • Gumption. Official (07/09/2018, 18:52) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    Sad truth! We need no Favoritism. No familiar faces, We need someone who can really help us be better. I’m sure we have (born here) would could do it and probably be honest at at, however not knowing people andjust doing a job well and honest is what we need. I hope he can change up schedules maybe help illuminate Some of the illegal Items from coming in unclear.
  • Local (08/09/2018, 00:06) Like (33) Dislike (53) Reply
    Why is the NDP Government outsourcing all the jobs that locals can be trained for.? This is what happens when you vote for outsiders to run your country affairs. The money continues to leave the country this way. Shame that thr premier cannot stand up for his people. Now you understand why the minister for works was on radio for the past few days touting about money well spent on TPP. First it was a St. Lucian named for prison, now it is one for ports. Vote Virginislanders to serve this country next time. Replace politicians without VI roots with our local people.
  • LEE BOHANNON (08/09/2018, 03:37) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    They treating Akeen like they did guy hill. Go figure..
  • Between us (08/09/2018, 07:26) Like (68) Dislike (103) Reply
    They say a tall minister working magic in St.
    Lucia and have his consultants in St. Lucia but couldn't pay both all he owed them so he traded off the balances for jobs for their families in the BVI. This is what school children is saying so keep that between you and I.
  • ndp (08/09/2018, 17:14) Like (24) Dislike (26) Reply
    What the f—-k we stupid
  • As a matter of fact.. (08/09/2018, 21:59) Like (17) Dislike (16) Reply
    The pier park is what needs cleaning up. 90% of the staff is So fed up with this NDP gang, the Boards, followers and friends of followers.
  • Political Observer (PO) (09/09/2018, 02:04) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are there qualified Virgin Islanders that can effectively managed the port, jail, hospital, TPP.....etc? Has the VI failed to effectively invest in it self human capital, its prime resource ? Why are there so many top positions that Virgin Islanders should be able to effectively do yet are going to expats? Are there more to this story that needs an objective investigation? Is the Premier embracing this trend? If no, what are his plans to fix it? Or has he called it in? Is the Premier not responsible for the myriad of problems in the VI? How will history grade the Premier?

    Ok. Enough of the questions. I’m not averse to expats occupying positions in the VI. However, qualified Virgin Islanders should have first preference for jobs in the VI. In other regional countries, ie, Jamaica, Antigua, Guyana, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Anguilla, St. Lucia........etc and elsewhere, ie, Philippines......etc , locals have first preference and priotity for jobs. Moreover, if locals are not qualified for certain jobs, the jobs should be outsourced to expats. Nonetheless, locals should be trained for taking up those jobs. Keeping it real. In all countries, as the standard of living and quality of life improves, locals are not inclined to do certain jobs; these jobs are done by others.

    Moreover, successive governments have failed miserably to effectively trained locals in the right skill sets to meet national requirements. Governments have failed to train to its need; governments should have assessed the territory’s skills needs. It didn’t. Instead, it appears that scholarships are offered to students to study what they want, not what the local job market demand/shortages. Consequently, for example, there seems to be a glut of lawyers and a scarcity of doctors, nurses, teachers, craftsmen.......etc. Government scholarships should have been offered to meet the national needs;students funding their own training can study what they want.

    Further, this is a national embarrassment, for it seems that Virgin Islanders can’t perform certain basic tasks, skills....etc. The BVI must be providing others outside the territory with a good laugh.........etc a bunch of yahoos, less souls.....etc. And the BVI wants to go independent and it cannot even locally fill basic positions. Another great accomplishment for the local government. It should be proud. Sad. Drop
  • BRAD BOYNES (09/09/2018, 07:52) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Political Observer (PO). Thanks for your post. I echo the same sentiments and it goes back to the hill man who was in immigration. That was so despicable. I mean that man was so experienced and over qualified if you ask me, but he was not a stool, so he was deliberately passed over. It seems like there is something in the psyche of leadership in the British Virgin Islands that when it comes to putting qualified BVIslanders in positions of serious responsibility, they are not cogent in empowering their own.
    The British Virgin Islands better be careful with these appointments. Personally if you look at said appointments, they can be a real threat to national security, if there is a real concern about that subject matter. How much loyalty the person's appointed to these sensitive positions have to/for the British Virgin Islands is another BIG question?
  • E. Leonard (09/09/2018, 14:42) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI started to transition from a subsistence economy to service-based economy in the mid 60s; tourism emerged in the 60s with financial services in the 80s. The transition to the new economy created new jobs, new jobs skill sets....etc. At the front end of the new economy, a small local population, coupled with skills shortages, required businesses, companies, government .........etc to meet the growing skill demand by recruiting workers offshore. The increasing skill demands and local shortages should have resulted in the education, training, certification, apprenticeship........etc of locals to meet demand to the maximum extent practical. However, after 50 years, there seems to still be local skills shortage in some areas.

    Nonetheless, it is not uncommon for emerging/developing countries to recruit highly skilled personnel from offshore to help them through the development process. For example, Singapore, at independence in 1965 recruited the best and brightest from offshore. Today, Singapore, though small (270 square miles) and resource poor, is an economic power house. Moreover, combined with recruiting the best and brightest from offshore in the early development stage is investing in human capital to take up positions in the country from the top leadership down.

    Undoubtedly, qualified locals should have first priority for jobs in the territory. And if jobs cannot be filled locally, the jobs can be filled by recruiting offshore. However, locals should be in the training pipeline to fill the job(s). Further, as Political Observer (PO) noted above, locals may not be inclined to take up some jobs and these jobs will have to be filled offshore. Perhaps, government should consider “fencing” some jobs for locals.

    Moreover, typically, a developing country requires population growth. Sometimes that population may have to be met through immigration. A growing population is needed for an increasing consumer base. An example of the value of increasing consumer base in the BVI is 1)apartment rental, 1)retail businesses........etc. Employing a highly restricted immigration policy can slow down economic growth, ie, Japan..........etc. All that said, the BVI must ramp up investing in human capital to get it qualified for all job oportuinities in the BVI.
    • RealPol (10/09/2018, 07:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, deep. Provided context and body to the issue. Adroitly talked about poor planning, mismanagement, incompetence, effective immigration, miseducation ........etc

      @Political Observer (PO) and Brad Boynes, great contribution also to the discussion.
  • Well said (09/09/2018, 21:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very well said......

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