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UPDATE: Hon Fahie renews call for DFS Gaskin to be disciplined

Representative of the First District and member of the Public Accounts Committee Hon Andrew A. Fahie has renewed his call for Deputy Financial Secretary Wendell M. Gaskin (above) to be disciplined. Photo: VINO/File
“This is not no personal vendetta…there were documents received contradicting the evidence that was given and received out of his very own Ministry. Let’s not forget the fact that the Deputy Financial Secretary had multiple roles…in this project. He was now a new person as a liaison officer on the Ports Board. He was the Chairman of the Tender Board for the Port Development procurement process and he was also over the procurement section…multiple roles,” said Hon Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
“This is not no personal vendetta…there were documents received contradicting the evidence that was given and received out of his very own Ministry. Let’s not forget the fact that the Deputy Financial Secretary had multiple roles…in this project. He was now a new person as a liaison officer on the Ports Board. He was the Chairman of the Tender Board for the Port Development procurement process and he was also over the procurement section…multiple roles,” said Hon Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
The PAC, of which Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE is Chairman, recommended that the Governor or Deputy Governor’s office take steps to institute disciplinary action against Mr. Gaskin. They called for the Deputy Financial Secretary’s suspension or other suitable actions. Photo: VINO/File
The PAC, of which Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE is Chairman, recommended that the Governor or Deputy Governor’s office take steps to institute disciplinary action against Mr. Gaskin. They called for the Deputy Financial Secretary’s suspension or other suitable actions. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Hon Andrew A. Fahie is of the belief that actions of Deputy Financial Secretary (DFS) Wendell M. Gaskin warrant strong disciplinary action not only for his misrepresentation of facts in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) but also for displaying behaviour unbecoming of the office he holds.

He was speaking on Tuesday July 22, 2014 during the Eighth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly.

“This is not no personal vendetta…there were documents received contradicting the evidence that was given and received out of his very own Ministry. Let’s not forget the fact that the Deputy Financial Secretary had multiple roles…in this project. He was now a new person as a liaison officer on the Ports Board. He was the Chairman of the Tender Board for the Port Development procurement process and he was also over the procurement section…multiple roles,” said Hon Fahie.

He said that the Auditor General in her report and the PAC both raised concerns about the conduct of the Deputy Financial Secretary.

He pointed out that the DFS took it upon himself to take a turn into the Auditor General. “Had any other public servant done this it would have been a problem,” he said.

Hon Fahie went on to describe how the DFS poured scorn on the Auditor General Sonia M. Webster, saying that he begged to differ after another member of the committee described Webster in a positive light.

“Now I quote, ‘he indicated that the office is a constitutional position and that the holder of the office has no qualifications for the position except a bachelor’s degree.’ Madam Speaker, first of all that is not accurate and second of all I thought that was flat out rude,” said Hon Fahie.

“The Deputy Financial Secretary continued his statement by saying that he thought the office was incompetent and was not in a position to conduct audits,” he said.

“Even when there were concerns of the actions of the DFS during the tender process, even if you want to say I am being negative, then you are saying that the Auditor General who he insulted, that doesn’t count for something and that some kind of action [should not be taken]?” Hon Fahie asked.

See previous story published on June 16, 2014:

Wendell M. Gaskin, DFS accused of lying to PAC

The Public Accounts Committee calls for the Deputy Financial Secretary to be disciplined in the form of suspension after accusing him of knowingly providing false information to them!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - At the Seventh Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly (HoA) the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE laid the much anticipated final report on the Cruise Pier Development Project on the table.

The document is now public, however days before it became public it was leaked to selective members of the media however, this news site obtained an advance copy from its sources within the ruling National Democratic Party.

A motion failed in the HoA on June 13, 2014 brought by Opposition and PAC member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for a debate on the damaging report.

Did the Deputy Financial Secretary give false information to the Committee?

In one of the alarming findings in the Report’s conclusion, it stated on page 29, 118 that the Deputy Financial Secretary, Mr. Wendell M. Gaskin, deliberately and knowingly furnished false information to the Public Accounts Committee regarding the BVI Investment Club’s proposed association with the Tortola Port Partners (TPP) with the intention to mislead and corrupt the PAC process and its outcome. This brings into question the integrity of his testimony before this Body the report stated.

According to the Report one of the requirements of the tender request issued by the Ministry of Finance in August 2012 was for the prospective contractors to include a provision for local ownership of up to 20%.

The tender assessment report prepared by PricewatehouseCoopers (PWC) dated November 25, 2012 provided to the committee by the Ministry of Finance specifically named the BVI Investment Club as the prospective local partner for TPP.

The Deputy Financial Secretary (DFS) Mr. Gaskin as Chairman of the Tender Board, would have had access to the PWC report the PAC argued, which clearly stated the proposed relationship between TPP and the BVI Investment Club.

Mr. Gaskin very disrespectful to PAC

In a deliberate move the PAC puts on record on page 30, 120 its admonition of the Deputy Financial Secretary who appeared before the Committee on January 15, 2014 to testify about the Cruise Pier Development Project.

The PAC Report stated that Mr. Wendell M. Gaskin the Virgin Islands’ Deputy Financial Secretary in his testimony defiled the Constitutional process of the Committee and the Office of the Auditor General with “remarks which were neither provoked nor relevant to the matter which he was summoned.”

The report stated that Mr. Gaskin exhibited a demeanor which was lacking in decorum and respect and which was both unbecoming for a senior public servant and a poor reflection of the office he represents.

Furthermore, the PAC underscores the gravity of this affront and considers that the public officer Mr. Gaskin, who serves at the privilege of Her Majesty the Queen, should be subjected to disciplinary action. “No public officer is above the Constitution and none should be permitted to think otherwise” the report stated in strong language.

Discipline Mr. Gaskin for lying-PAC

After accusing the DFS of providing the Public Accounts Committee with false information when they said in fact he knew that the BVI Investment Club was named in the PricewaterhouseCoopers report provided by the Tender Committee of which he chaired, the PAC wants him disciplined.

The PAC recommended that the Governor or Deputy Governor’s office take steps to institute disciplinary action against Mr. Gaskin. They called for the Deputy Financial Secretary’s suspension or other suitable actions.

When contacted by this news site on June 15, 2014 about the allegation in the PAC Report the DFS Mr. Gaskin told this news site in a text message to “go f..k yourself.”

Conflict of interest with BVI Investment Club

Another serious discovery is that the PAC stated that it shares the concerns in the Auditor General’s report dated January 31, 2013 regarding the potential for conflict of the interest presented by the involvement of BVI Investment Club.

The PAC report further stated that, “Members of the House of Assembly or their close family members are listed as investors in the BVI Investment Club and stand to benefit from this multimillion dollar public project,” and full and public disclosure should be made of these interests so that the process is not corrupted.

Two reports saying the same things about corruption over the Ports Project

In the PAC’s own report on page 31, 3 they agreed with the findings of the Auditor General’s Report which were substantiated by the evidence furnished to the Committee during the Committee’s investigation of the project.

The Auditor General's Report on the Ports Development Project unearthed corruption, conflict of interest, disregard for the laws of the Virgin Islands, unfair practices, undue influence in favour of one developer, disregard for the established tendering process and that no one was looking out for the interest of the people and taxpayers of the Virgin Islands, putting the people at a disadvantage.

54 Responses to “UPDATE: Hon Fahie renews call for DFS Gaskin to be disciplined”

  • me (16/06/2014, 08:13) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    When contacted by this news site on June 15, 2014 about the allegation in the PAC Report the DFS Mr. Gaskin told this news site in a text message to “go f..k yourself
    • @ wow (16/06/2014, 11:39) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is ridiculous.This is ridiculous....VIP civil servants could have never got away with this!!!!
      • Whhh (16/06/2014, 12:42) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        They and the government has been getting away with it for years
      • True (16/06/2014, 15:42) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
        if these allegations are true and provable he shouldn't just get suspended he should go to Jail for Fraud.
      • Oh yea? (16/06/2014, 19:01) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
        What political party was ruling while that airport up Beef Island was under construction? All government corrupted. Some just have a better way of destroying evidence.
  • Wow Pow (16/06/2014, 08:20) Like (58) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talk about one of the most disrespectful human beings ever born.
    • Anti-Whoremongers (16/06/2014, 12:06) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

      The wh..emongers who running rampant in here in this Territory are the most disrepectful human beings ever born!!!!!

  • Yes (16/06/2014, 08:21) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Unless a point can stand the rigour of being taken to its logical conclusion and, in the process, remain strong, that point will be shattered...This is a well reasoned, insightful, forthright, fair and balanced Reprot from the PAC!
  • Simply put (16/06/2014, 08:28) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    King CORRUPTION!
  • ooooo (16/06/2014, 08:28) Like (26) Dislike (4) Reply
    if we caught one lying this means it got more...lets get rid of this one...we cant afford to have lying people in these positions...is he a share holder?
  • Public servant (16/06/2014, 08:33) Like (61) Dislike (2) Reply
    This man has all the public servants afraid of him. He speaks to you as if you are dirt. He uses abusive language at you in professional settings and no matter how you complain him nothing is done probably because who he supports and promotes for them in power.
    • Ayesah (16/06/2014, 20:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      You back up there!!!! It is not everybody afraid of he!!!
      And they are only afraid because they ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE AFRAID OF HIM!!!!
      HE DONT HAVE TWO HEAD AND I HAVE ONE!!!!
      • JJJ (20/06/2014, 22:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I second that motion, I aint afraid of him either. He never step to me incorrect, cause I never play with he from the beginning. Them say when you lie down with puppies you get up with fleas.....so I don't lie down with the puppy dem.
  • Gregg (16/06/2014, 08:40) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    What a thing. Of course no one expects anything to come from these allegations. He is a supporter of the NDP.
  • pub (16/06/2014, 09:45) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need to get 'the show on the road'.....wher is the governor
  • Definition (16/06/2014, 10:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look up the word 'prospective' and then read the story again. SMH!
  • in the news (16/06/2014, 10:06) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Obviously you have not caught on as yet that the civil service is political and neither the governor nor Deputy Governor will do anything against gaskin…the DG is NDP so is the FS and PS DGO!
  • Liat 521 (16/06/2014, 10:13) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
    how much will we tek of this st. kitts man?
  • ABC (16/06/2014, 10:17) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Governor this is your opportunity to stand up and be seen to meet out justice. POW is a Civil Servant and a senior one. Not only is this man disrespectful, but the language he uses in meetings and to the press leaves nothing for the imagination. He needs to be suspended immediately. In the police force he would have been interdicted moons ago!
  • my people (16/06/2014, 10:30) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have met a more rude & unprofessional & disrespectful human being like this one in my life. He needs to be fired.
  • sad (16/06/2014, 10:32) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    When you have someone that uses abusive language at you in public meetings without fear of any reprecussions you know we have a dictatorship system on our hands.
  • Clearly (16/06/2014, 10:33) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Clearly we have someone who is involved in many questionable actions.
  • Sooner (16/06/2014, 10:35) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    This Cruise Ship project is a good project but it needs to be investigated sooner rather than later.
  • watching (16/06/2014, 10:39) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    The public service is keenly watching this matter because if he is not severely disciplined then that is not a good sign for the rest wrong doers in the service.What Iit will be saying is once you are a government in power supporter then you can do anything & get away with it.
    • onlooker (16/06/2014, 13:32) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you 100%. He is very arrogant and he should be discipline. It should not matter whether one is NDP or VIP when a civil servant exemplify such behavior he should be made to apologize publicly and be sent on leave until such time as the situation is dealt with.
  • Hmmm (16/06/2014, 10:48) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP have the Gov., DG, & the police afraid of them so who can the public & the public servants turn to for refuge? NO ONE AT ALL!
  • weed (16/06/2014, 11:53) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Breaking News! Not even the FS could get he handle
  • ---------------------- (16/06/2014, 12:00) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    pow is a shrif he cannot be touched
  • AC 360 (16/06/2014, 12:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    now the NDP will go
  • No doubt (16/06/2014, 13:23) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was nearby him and another individual and I heard him say some stuff, I literally did a double when I saw it was him...his mouth is filthy (no exaggeration here AT ALL).
  • eat cake (16/06/2014, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who keep getting deeds big eat?
  • me (16/06/2014, 15:50) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    No code of conduct for civil servants?
  • Scary Mary (16/06/2014, 16:20) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    If no action is taken by government and no action is taken by the Governor, the opposition members of PAC need to contact Mark Simmonds directly and do so immediately.

    Clearly, more investigation is required by persons who do not have any political interests in the territory. We need to have the air cleared and either exonerate those in power or condemn them forthwith. We cannot continue along these lines with serious accusations hovering over our government.

    While I am concerned about impropriety at all levels, Mr. Gaskin is small potatoes. To everything (and everyone), there is a season. If the allegations against him are true, he will have much to answer for.

    I am far more concerned about the goings on within government ministries. If there is in fact corruption at the highest levels of elected office, THAT needs to be brought to light and action needs to be initiated immediately. We cannot move forward unless the people can be assured that those holding the purse strings, deserve our trust.
    • Eh? (16/06/2014, 17:01) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      And what is Mark Simmonds going to do? I wish the UK heed your calls and come deal with this place. You will see how fast you all will be calling for VIP and NDP. Keep crying wolf!
  • HELLO!! (16/06/2014, 21:26) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    The man spoke what he knew. if there were not facts on paper about what those two rat in the pack ask him, how could he confirm anything. Just because they could not get him to tell lies, they now telling lies on him...
    • what (18/06/2014, 02:28) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound like you are Gaskin. Are you?
    • ok (29/07/2014, 21:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Facts do not have to be on paper. If I saw you stealing I saw you. If I know certain unwritten facts .....I know. It doesn't change the fact that I know. Stop spinning this thing.
  • YeSa (17/06/2014, 07:38) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    He's from ST.KITTS IN THE GHETTOS what do you expect , But giving people the impression he from here.
    • To yesa! (18/06/2014, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
      Yes, he is from St. kitts, however, he has made something of himself and is well educated!!! I do agree that he could be a bit disrespectful but he being from St. Kitts has nothing to do with anything going on here. And for your information he spent all his life between St. Thomas and Tortola!
      • facts man (20/06/2014, 10:56) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        where ever he from does not give him the right to lie to elected officials
    • Fan (17/08/2014, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of you racist folks need to get a life. Wendell has lived in Tortola from around the age of 7 and has worked for the government most of his adult life. He may be arrogant in some eyes, but is that a crime? Seems that you have tried him without due process. Where in St. Kitts is the ghettos?
  • Lauralee (18/06/2014, 14:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    L..K THEM ALL UP. Get rid of the C....ption Scourge.

  • big time (29/07/2014, 10:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor we
  • Concerned (29/07/2014, 11:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are some people thrown out of jobs for not being liked and others can be disrespectful and nothing is done? If this is where the virgin islands have come it is a sad time for us. Remember the young people are looking on. What example is being set?
  • scape goat (29/07/2014, 13:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ever heard of a Scape Goat?? The person hung out to dry to save the rest or witch hunted in some cases.
  • tony two times (29/07/2014, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    eh fahie my boy you need to ease off the beat
  • VG (29/07/2014, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What goes around ...comes around..!. He called us rats mining cheese
  • jtv (29/07/2014, 23:09) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Nothing will happen to him he is an ndp
  • concerned citizen (30/07/2014, 12:59) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    we black people need to stop this crabs in a barrel mentality, when one of us is in the news for any reason all the haters come out, it's pure jealousy the man knows accounts he has his own firm, all you guys need to lay off a man who if i recall was recently able to uncover an instance of fraud that cost the government several hundred thousand
  • Slimj (04/08/2014, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just tell me what's going on,this guy is not above the law and all of us must know the facts moreover as a public officer using purple speach to experss ones self is blatont disrespect for all including country


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