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UK national Phil Sharman Out! Local Sonia M. Webster In! as Auditor General

- Webster served in the post before & some claimed she was forced out
Virgin Islander Sonia M. Webster, right, has been appointed to the post of Auditor General, replacing Mr Phil Sharman, left, who lasted about one month in the post of Auditor General of the [British] Virgin Islands. Photo: GIS/VINO
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, announced today, January 22, 2018 that he has appointed Virgin Islander Sonia M. Webster, as Auditor General. It is unclear if Ms Webster will address Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie’s (R1), right, constant allegations of corruption against the National Democratic Party Government. Photo: VINO/File
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, announced today, January 22, 2018 that he has appointed Virgin Islander Sonia M. Webster, as Auditor General. It is unclear if Ms Webster will address Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie’s (R1), right, constant allegations of corruption against the National Democratic Party Government. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Phil Sharman lasted about one month in the post of Auditor General and was reportedly scared off by the two powerful hurricanes, Irma and Maria, and returned to the United Kingdom.

However, today January 22, 2018 Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert announced that he has appointed Virgin Islander Sonia M. Webster to the post, acting in accordance with section 92 of the Virgin Islands Constitution and with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

The Office of the Auditor General and its functions are provided in the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007.

Her duties

As Auditor General, Ms Webster’s duties will entail but not be limited to planning, coordinating and supervising the activities of the Audit Department to ensure all audits are completed and are done on a timely basis, according to a Government Information Service statement.

Ms Webster will audit Government accounts produced by the Treasury Department, and inquire into and audit the financial records of Government departments and ministries plus statutory boards and trusts. She will evaluate compliance with financial legislation and regulations; provide assistance and advice to accounting officers in departments on their accounting and control system in order to improve processes across Government; prepare various reports and memoranda, as required, to ensure information gathered is being shared and reported on; and act as an advisory member of the Public Accounts Committee. 

Ms Webster is no stranger to the Department as, at various periods from July 1988 – November 2015, she served as Assistant Auditor, Senior Auditor, Deputy Chief Auditor and Auditor General, where she managed the Virgin Islands (VI) Government’s Audit Office.

She is qualified

Ms Webster is a member of the International Compliance Association and holds Bachelors in Accounting (BSc) University of the West Indies; Bachelors of Law (LLb) University of London; a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention (DipFinCrime); and CPE training in management, accounting, auditing and other areas of relevance locally, regionally, in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to GIS

Earlier this year, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority and commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called on the Government to appoint a local after British national Phil Sharman had fled the post following the September 2017 hurricanes.

It is unclear if Ms Webster will address Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie’s (R1) constant allegations that the National Democratic Party Government is the most corrupt in VI’s political history and just yesterday January 21, 2018, in a First District Report, called them “thieves, crooks and political pirates.”

14 Responses to “UK national Phil Sharman Out! Local Sonia M. Webster In! as Auditor General”

  • ire (22/01/2018, 12:17) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is sure a thing of Country over self. Thank you Ms Webster
  • jail house (22/01/2018, 13:16) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope she has the balls to lock them up
  • Curious (22/01/2018, 14:08) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    She has come out of retirement "to ensure all audits are completed and are done on a timely basis". I read in the BVI News that "No annual financial reports or audits had been produced in the territory from 2007 up to the year Webster retired". Hopefully they will be completed during her present tenure as there appears to be some shortage of qualified BVIslanders.
  • stupps (22/01/2018, 18:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well saw the BVI has fallen rock bottom they say the man run after the storm. The BVI has become a foot ball.
  • UK (22/01/2018, 20:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    They owe the people an explanation what happened, was it too complicated for the man, the files were in a mess. They need to tell the people what went wrong why isn't the man in the post why her again???
  • wize up (22/01/2018, 22:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Funny and very funny: move the white boy to put one of we..... did the white spot something and run
  • Lock Her Up (23/01/2018, 08:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need fair politicians, not free money out of the treasury and them telling us they not hand to mouth.
  • watcher (23/01/2018, 22:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Enough of the nepotism!! hope stopping this is part of her mandate
  • liberal (24/01/2018, 00:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert I am glad to see and know that your a fair and honest person to see and know we do have persons locally for positions and happier that you have appointed Virgin Islander Sonia M. Webster to the post, acting in accordance with section 92 of the Virgin Islands Constitution and with the advice of the Public Service Commission. However, I do hope she continues her job as she has been doing without any problems from the NDP Government. This has been our worse elected Government that we have put in office and has sunken our country to the lowest ratings in history.. Things need to be clean up and show us the people where our money is and how it was spent..
  • dogd (25/01/2018, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    welcome back. blow the whistle!!


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