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UK donates heavy-duty vehicles for Government Depts

According to our two senior government officials, the United Kingdom (UK) donated the trucks, backhoes and pickups which will be given to the different government departments for distribution. Photo: Team of Reporters
Our roving camera captured some brand-new trucks, backhoes and pickups parked neatly at the Government Administration Complex in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
Our roving camera captured some brand-new trucks, backhoes and pickups parked neatly at the Government Administration Complex in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the new heavy equipment vehicles. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the new heavy equipment vehicles. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the new heavy equipment vehicles. Photo: Team of Reporters
More photos captured of the new heavy equipment vehicles. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Moments ago tonight Monday, April 23, 2018, our roving camera captured some brand-new trucks, backhoes and pickups parked neatly at the Government Administration Complex in Road Town.

Besides just taking some photos, our curious reporter made a call to two senior government officials who have inside knowledge of government happenings revealed that the trucks, backhoes and pickups were a gift from the United Kingdom (UK) Government to the Virgin Islands (VI).

Gift from the UK to VI

The heavy-duty vehicles will be given to Government Ministries for distribution according to need and Governor Augustus J. U Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ is expected to do the honours in a short handing over ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Some will be also assigned to the sister Islands.

When asked about the cost, our inside source stated that the cost was close to $1M USD. The heavy duty equipment was said to be sourced from local vendors and a bid for supplying of the equipment when out.

It’s believed that most of the pickups were purchased from International Motors, and the purchase project was coordinated by a UK officer sent to the VI after the Hurricanes working between the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Governor’s Office.


36 Responses to “UK donates heavy-duty vehicles for Government Depts”

  • bvi (23/04/2018, 21:12) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    thanks mother country
    • Concern Citizen (24/04/2018, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      How much vehicles did there buy with that large sum of money? It should not be less than about 50
  • Yes (23/04/2018, 21:13) Like (7) Dislike (32) Reply
    Not surprised....was expected after they get the bvi to pull its pants down a 630 on their "justice shaft".
  • Pato (23/04/2018, 21:31) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    What about the vehicles from the US?
  • one hand (23/04/2018, 21:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    One hand can't clap we need two. Government can't do it alone certainly we need all the help we can get now. So let's put down the politics and put our hands to the plow. Y
  • jack (23/04/2018, 22:38) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply

    Why international motors?

  • Rumors (24/04/2018, 00:00) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    how dem seh whitehead wuz teking ovah PWD?
  • they will mash up same way (24/04/2018, 00:01) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The chinese connection got shot out
  • TOLA PPL (24/04/2018, 05:12) Like (27) Dislike (5) Reply
    Thanks U.K cause the government wouldn't have bought any right now and y'all citizens of the bvi still think we should still go independent, better wake up an catch your senses
    • Yeswesh (24/04/2018, 10:58) Like (13) Dislike (19) Reply
      Yes, we shall go independent. As long as there was slavery and Colonialism, we shall and must separate ourselves from the Colonizers. As long as Article 73 of the UN Convention still exist which encourages the colonized to be self-sufficient and to gain their independent sovereignty, we must go independent. The handouts they are giving us now cannot compare to what they raped from our ancestors in free labour to build up the UK and Europe. It is just a fraction of the reparation that they owe us. So they are not doing us no favour with a few big trucks. Our ancestors tek licks and whips for those trucks. They want us to forget, but we, like the 'so-called Jews', SHALL never forget the worst holocaust in the history of mankind -- the murder of millions of blacks for well over 500 years. They think we are asleep, but the remnant has awakened and will close the chapter down for being colonized by the "them say" Mother Country.
      • Idiot (24/04/2018, 14:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        Good luck! Don't have a great track record after independence!
      • stop (24/04/2018, 15:51) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        Please stop living in the pass and oppressing thy self. You need to use the pass and learn from it. You are reminding me of a bitter, angry lover. Move on.
      • HushIt (25/04/2018, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Stop this nonsense, G.....z.
        You want to make our recovery from the worst storm ever directed entirely by anger at what happened in past years? And if we don't agree that means we agreeing with what happened in past years? Are you simple in the head?
        The BVI people NEED WISE DECISION_MAKING right now - about what is best for ALL the people of these islands, even Jamaican immigrants and white people who made their lives here.
        This country needs to wake up to the reality and stop this simple-minded pride-driven nonsense that will make us suffer - just so we can have our pride? You serious? This is a symptom of your own insecurity. If we are a confident people who have pride in our history and know where we stand, we could make the smartest decision available for our people and our children and their children without concern for these distractions.
        If we are an insecure weakling people we will rather choose chaos and cr*p than wise solutions to our enormous problems - just so we can walk around saying we 'sticking it to the man' - which is nothing but bad self-therapy.
        Would we rather have a collapse economy, international pariah status, broken roads and social systems, poor health, massive crime and one giant kleptocracy running things - just so we can look in the mirror and tell our self that we are not being 'oppressed' by the white man anymore?
        Many many people are not being oppressed in this way because their minds are liberated and they are confident enough to be intelligent. Gullible people will fall for your simple interpretation of the present which projects everything through your chosen portion of the past.
        Stop it. We need help now and we in danger of losing any friends we have because of this ignorant, arrogant approach.
  • Joe MoRyan. (24/04/2018, 05:16) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Give immigration a backhoe plse
  • Thankful (24/04/2018, 05:44) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Nasty comments are NOT necessary at a time like this .
    Let us as a Country / People see which Dept . Will get these vehicles AND see what condition they will be in ; at years’ end . MORE SO lets make a “ pack / agreement “ to report on their status EVERY month for the next SIX months .
    Lets see if we as a BLACK PEOPLE can show appreciation ( from the Dept Heads down being responsible for keeping them clean / seeviced and ABUSED FREE

    My thoughts and mr Challenge to ALL
  • 30 years back (24/04/2018, 06:33) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    So uk officers rules now
  • Hmm (24/04/2018, 07:00) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have them yes, but will they maintain them?
  • farmer boy (24/04/2018, 07:09) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I bet our poor agriculture won’t get any for help with the farmers
    • sorry (24/04/2018, 09:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      We do not have no Agriculture it move years ago to a private firm in the country . Up on so call government farm have houses built and rented up there .
  • Seer (24/04/2018, 08:09) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    You soon see them same government workers driving them like its their private vehicle, and doing their side business work with them.
    • School run (25/04/2018, 03:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      So true , will see them blocking the roads on the school run smh
  • BVIslander (24/04/2018, 08:19) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    What about the Fire House in Roadtown?????????????????A year is too long for the conditions they are operating in and is deplorable and so unfair and shortsighted to our FIRST RESPONDERS FOR SEARCH RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING....ENOUGH AND TRULY UNACCEPTABLE.
    • U worrying about the wrong thing (24/04/2018, 09:57) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      Our education system is in the gut, lots of children can't learn because the BVI don't have a high school n don't have any near plans of seeing one anytime soon.
  • Wendy (24/04/2018, 08:55) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks UK .
    Congratulations on your new baby boy.
  • good (24/04/2018, 09:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah it was very disturbing that the Public works department in the pass years had been so horribly and willfully destroyed. Not having any machinery. After the hurricane some of the private machine owners refuse to come out and help. This is a step in the right direction the public works need to be fully equipped and our young people can be trained to handle them.

    However these machines need to be heavily guarded and their maintenance needs to be accounted for or soon none of them conveniently will not be working. Governor we aint easy here in the BVI. The country and the Government can only catch back itself unless it can help itself.
  • one BVI (24/04/2018, 09:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope al of these are NOT staying in Tortola
  • UK (24/04/2018, 10:24) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Diplomat (24/04/2018, 10:55) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok. We wished that the UK, our Mother country, had given us £300M + instead of co-signing for the £300M. Clearly, the UK lacks confidence in how we managed our financial resources. Consequently, to access the £300M co-sign loan, the UK demanded that an Agency outside of government must be established to manage any funds and projects associated with the co-sign loan. Is the Agency an alternative government? Is it usurping the roles and responsibilities of the Premier, MoF?

    Anyway, the UK taxpayers (the taxpayers are probably not thrilled about sending their money out to the colonies) has made a generous donation of equipment valued about $1M. Let’s thank them and show our gratitude. To show our gratitude, the PWD Transportaion Divison should establish a strong maintenance programme and train mechanics to perform periodic maintenance and routine repair that will the equipment extend useful life, enhance reliability, lower operating cost, deliver high level quality customer service, maintain safe operations, use them for intended purpose......etc.
  • No-poe-low-poe (24/04/2018, 11:02) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    One backhoe for Jost Van Dyke, One for Virgin Gorda, a half a backhoe for Anegada or a shared backhoe for Anegada because them say the salt does eat it out fast up there. But when the Government catches itself, it will have all the heavy equipment it needs -- backhoe, graders, payloaders, and the like.
  • Truth (24/04/2018, 11:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The maintenance and proper usage of these vehicles should come under the Recovery Agency as well. Some of the workers use the vehicles for personal matters and do not take good care or maintain them at all. Those are some really nice equipment and should go a long way in helping our rebuild.
  • Vg man (24/04/2018, 11:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope VG get a bachoe for water & sewerage!!!!!!
  • Let me see (24/04/2018, 20:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope the workers of the department that will be receiving them don’t use them or allow them to be used for personal use. That’s a habit for PWD see workers using the department’s vehicle to do their personal work. WS backhoe use to be used by a worker like it’s his and he was getting paid because people thought it was actually his.

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