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Still no Budget Address date set!

It was our news room who first and accurately alerted the public late last year that there will not be a budget address at the end of last year (2015) for the 2016 Appropriation Act to be delivered by the Minister of Finance and Premier Dr. The Honorable D. Orlando Smith. Both the Minister of Finance Premier Smith and his Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith are tight lipped on a Budget Address date. Photo: VINO/File
Prior to the recent 2015 election campaign, VIP senior member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) blasted the administration for the many Accountant Generals who had fled or were removed from office for political reasons. Photo: VINO/File
Prior to the recent 2015 election campaign, VIP senior member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) blasted the administration for the many Accountant Generals who had fled or were removed from office for political reasons. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the Government struggles to pay its bills, some statutory Government bodies are complaining about not receiving timely Government contributions via subventions, resulting in late payments to workers, no transparency in terms of the Government’s accurate balance sheets, the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration is yet to announce a 2016 Budget Address date.

It was our newsroom that first and accurately alerted the public late last year that there will not be a budget address at the end of last year (2015) for the 2016 Appropriation Act to be delivered by the Minister of Finance and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

Both the Minister of Finance Premier Smith and his Financial Secretary Neil M. Smith are tight lipped on a Budget Address date. However, a senior NDP source told our newsroom that “Departments and Ministries are preparing their information.”

NDP Financial Stewardship

There continues to be concern about how the ruling NDP has managed the Territory’s finances. The former Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster has bitterly complained that since the current Administration took office from 2011 to current, there have not been any audited financial statements.

This has led to national wide speculations about the Virgin Islands’ finances, trust, transparency and accountability.

Recently, following the 2015 election, many in the media, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Opposition, social and civil society have all accused the NDP government of leaving the country broke, in order to win the general election.

Premier Smith as the Minister of Finance has been silent about these allegations. Not to forget there are reports of corruption on a multi-million dollars Ports Development Project confirmed by two reports and a former project manager Hugh E. Darley.

Four Accountant Generals out!

Since the NDP took office in 2011 there have been several changes of Accountant Generals. In fact, there have been four Accountant Generals in four years.

Mrs Kharid Fraser, wife of Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, was removed from her post of Accountant General as soon as the NDP took office. Ms Anna Rabsatt was then named Acting Accountant General.

However, Ms. Rabsatt was sent home under the Government programme of ‘take your vacation days or lose it’ and never returned to the post.

An Anguillan consultant assigned to the Treasury Department Kalleesha C. Mendie then became the new Acting Accountant General of the Virgin Islands.

In August 2013, however, Dr. Sandra M. Beeson was confirmed in the post of Accountant General of the territory before tendering her resignation on December 2, 2014.

Prior to the recent 2015 election campaign, VIP senior member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) blasted the administration for the many Accountant Generals who had fled or were removed from office for political reasons.

“In three years, this Administration has had four Accountant Generals and a fifth is yet to be named. In any business where the Head Accountant flies the coop so often then something is drastically wrong with the financial management of the company,” Hon Fahie had said on January 24, 2015, during his delivery of his First District Annual Report at the Capoons Bay Recreational Grounds.

26 Responses to “Still no Budget Address date set!”

  • just saying.. (09/01/2016, 14:22) Like (1) Dislike (20) Reply
    Its coming whats the rush
    • HMPH (aka Socal Comantotar) (10/01/2016, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wha de fuss. BVI dun be bust long time since. NDP aint helpin but real problem be lack o plan in by VIP when de govt gettin lot o cash in 1990's. Wasting money o first class flights an five star hotel o round de world - stupidness and foolishness me sayin
  • wize up (09/01/2016, 14:50) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    whats new
  • Yes (09/01/2016, 15:25) Like (17) Dislike (8) Reply
    Give the NDP a chance please. They trying to slow down the two thiefing Ministers first so some kind of money would be available for the budget. RELAX PEOPLE!
    • @ lol (09/01/2016, 18:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Same thing i was thinking lol
    • S.R. (10/01/2016, 09:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      A chance? They have been in one full term plus. They are no better than the VIP thiefs. They are now into their own projects and happy as clams. They need no more chances. They are showing their colors
      • Correction (10/01/2016, 18:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        All of VIPs projects were auditted; infact VIP welcomed the audits. Pray tell which projects stealing happened on.
  • cay (09/01/2016, 15:57) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    election ova so dem aint need ayo intil two years before the lection BAM
  • rattie (09/01/2016, 16:08) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    "Not to forget there are reports of corruption on a multi-million dollars Ports Development Project confirmed by two reports and a former project manager Hugh E. Darley."...ting to talk
  • liberal (09/01/2016, 19:04) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow, this is another historical moment in the BVI. I do think that something is wrong somewhere for all sorts of madness to be going on in our country. Can't even hear if we going to have a farmers week. NHI is another mess cause the country is under a dictator's regime and the people scared as hell to rebel cause it's goes to deaf ears. Poor man kind..
  • The NDP (09/01/2016, 19:18) Like (60) Dislike (1) Reply
    is the worst government the BVI ever had.
    • @ The NDP (09/01/2016, 21:16) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
      but you still can't beat us at the polls ha ha ha
    • mixed feelings (09/01/2016, 22:52) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      In all fairness, the BVI would benefit from a true multi-party system where we have real choices
  • dog (09/01/2016, 19:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie making sense
  • Political Observer (09/01/2016, 20:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    A budget is an estimate of likely revenues and expenses; it is a tool for prioritizing and allocating limited resources; it is a road map. Can the delay in presenting the budget means there are more expenses than projected revenues and some painful and unpopular cuts have to made. Cutting a budget is always a tough choice, especially when personnel cuts may be needed. The bloated civil service can may have run out room to be kicked. Or could it be that all the project cost overruns is crowding out other needs? Or is it that low productivity has a big opportunity cost, i.e., something cannot be done.
  • voter (09/01/2016, 21:48) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    So how this lawless government hopes to ask citizens to uphold the laws when it breaks its own laws with impunity?
  • The Observer (09/01/2016, 22:02) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    My dear hearts and gentle people, the BVI is at a cross road. What is unfortunate is our Government is drifting aimlessly as our Premier will do nothing to rid his Government of those who have taken us to an all time low in morality and fiscal responsibility. One thing is absolutely certain, this country will, sooner than later, become insolvent which will open the way for the UK to impose stringent measures to break the down wards spiral. How unfortunate.
  • Amen (09/01/2016, 22:43) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. - Galatians 6:7
  • affected (10/01/2016, 04:27) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    All this talk about $$$ or lack of it .I am suggesting ( if the NDP want to be honest with us the people) they will say "in order to help the cash flow ALL elected members will NOT recieve ANY allowances for 2016 " but will pay their cost of living out of their salaries as the rest of us have to do .JUST MY TWO CENTS . Any one agrees with me ?
  • Neek (10/01/2016, 07:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I second the motion affected
  • Weary (10/01/2016, 08:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is sad to see people just waiting for handouts are outwardly defending the problems of the government in political amusement . If you do not understand there is a problem keep away from publick media. Whichever government problem it is the people's problem. The election is over. Stop talking trash about who can win. That tells me your educational level is very low. Get some help.
  • S.R. (10/01/2016, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    These leader's are Dr.'s, maybe good ones (I hear), but they are not accountants and do not dare to put any good accountants in place with any authority. There MUST be an audit for every year and the Port project and done soon. U.K. where are you? Save us!
  • open wide (10/01/2016, 13:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    “In three years, this Administration has had four Accountant Generals and a fifth is yet to be named. In any business where the Head Accountant flies the coop so often then something is drastically wrong with the financial management of the company,” Hon Fahie had said on January 24, 2015, during his delivery of his First District Annual Report at the Capoons Bay Recreational Grounds....my eye open wide now
  • Waiting (10/01/2016, 13:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    And people waiting for government to pay them for contracts finished months ago. No Merry Christmas for them.
  • SAME SONG (10/01/2016, 19:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let the ELECTED give up their ALLOWANCES ( not their salaries ) and tell the public what amount of difference it makes in ghe treasury and pay the SMALL MAN who living / borrowing from pay check to pay ck
    For the sake of innocent hungry children and some old ppl who need a decent meal
  • Ques (10/01/2016, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why not choose people trained with financial skills, accountants, finance, economists to head up the ministry of finance, rather than electrical engineers without financial skills. Do not put people in positions simply because they are NDP supporters. That is where our problems begin. Miss P can guide them better than that. Instead she seems to sanction these mistakes. A complete shakeup is needed.Britain needs a voice before the territory goes under.


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