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UPDATE - Winston Wilson yet to take up position; cost of contract still unknown

Winston Wilson.
One of the monitoring equipment that was placed underwater since February 2012. Photo: Kraus-Manning
One of the monitoring equipment that was placed underwater since February 2012. Photo: Kraus-Manning
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Winston Wilson, who is hired by Government to take up the mantle of Project Manager for the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport expansion project on Monday, is yet to arrive in the Territory.

Virgin Islands News Online was reliably informed that Mr. Wilson was delayed due to a family emergency and is expected to begin working on May 21, 2012. His first day on the job was to be Monday, May 14, 2012.

In addition to that, calls to ascertain information on Mr.Wilson's contract, to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, under which the airport project falls, proved futile up to publication time.

The announcement of the Trinidadian’s employment was made public by Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. Kedrick Pickering at the recent House of Assembly sitting.

“This Ministry is committed in moving forward with the airport’s expansion project without delay and as such it has engaged the services of Winston Wilson to be the Project Manager. He will begin on May 14, 2012, and will immediately begin in the preparation of tender documents as well as assisting the Ministry with the logistics and coordination efforts necessary to get the project of this magnitude off to a good start,” Hon. Pickering had told HOA members.

Wilson was also the Project Manager during the 2004 airport expansion after the principal group Phillip Holtzman withdrew due to bankruptcy. He was also the Public Works Director and Project Manager of the East End Sewerage project under the National Democratic Party (NDP) during its 2003-2007 tenure.

According to Dr. Pickering, as the project gets underway, Wilson’s duties will include, and not limited to ensuring contractors fulfil their contractual obligations; supervise contractors to make sure they are in compliance with the works needed to be carried out within the contract’s time frame; verify all measurement and quantity calculations; produce accurate and timely reports on the management and status of the projects and provide a running cost report of all funds made available to the project.

33 Responses to “UPDATE - Winston Wilson yet to take up position; cost of contract still unknown”

  • MOTHER EARTH (10/05/2012, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • TWO FACED (10/05/2012, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      now now how come the NDP cowbirds aint jumping up about this when it has local people on island who can do this??? set of two faced hypocritics that's why next elections OUT THE NDP GO
      • Iron Lion (10/05/2012, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Name me one local that has experience with airport maintenance and developments. Check the man resume and stop talking nonsense. If you look at this from a common sense view you would realize one of two things, either a local would be away working, running a business and doing this stuff, then return home with the experience, or we hire an outsider who's experienced. No project manager on island would have the experience given that we only have one small airport that has been expanded twice over the last 40yrs. Stop being stupid please!
        • Strupes (10/05/2012, 17:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          And you got that nerve to write this. Wait.... 2015
          • One Eye (10/05/2012, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            I could no longer trust he NDP. Dr Smith told we the country broke by the VIP but every week for the last 6 months they can find money to hire a consultant. How can I ever vote for anyone who is not truthful???? I lean my lessons.
        • Two faced (10/05/2012, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          i could name about five but VINO might not print the names...
        • Trellis Bay (12/05/2012, 22:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Iron Lion, you are such a two faced hypocrite that I refuse to see you as anything but an NDP operative. To say that there are no BV Islander with airport experience is a downright insult to the intelligence of BV Islanders. What happen to Mr. John Penn ( I guess he must be a VIP )? John worked on the original expansion with Logan from its inception until the NDP came in with this same Wilson. Check Mr. penn's resume and you will see that his exposure to airports is way past that of Wilson. As a matter of fact it is John who was there when the last Runway was extended. He was there when the bulk heading was done, and he was there when the sand was dredged, and he was there when the sand was placed. Go check your facts, before making a fool of your self.
          • Iron Lion (17/05/2012, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            So wait, I told you to name one and you just name one, why you have to behave like an a$$hole? I know John but never knew of his experience with Airports. I never knew him to be into politics so what VIP are you talking about? I'm not that small minded, people that are qualified should be given jobs regardless of who they supported. Isn't John currently employed by the Government? Surely PWD and Government departments will need to be involved with this so John will still be involved? Surely Government cannot put a Government worker to be project manager given that he will already have other duties tied into the same works? Come on. I would be very upset to know that he has the necessary experience, is working for Government and is not given a proper seat at the table, so to speak.
    • Discrete (10/05/2012, 16:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      • talk bring talk (10/05/2012, 20:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        TO DISCRETE; Scatter your anti- self deman at least we are doing it out of our hearts and no one is paying us to speak our mind with honesty like the NDP paid bloggers on the NDP propaganda machine that!!!
      • cnn (11/05/2012, 06:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Purk your blog has the same effect on me idot
  • again (10/05/2012, 12:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this for real??? I think pickering is loosing it...where you all going with this charater??? look corruption
    • SOME DUDE (10/05/2012, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is a good fellow trust me is a good move.
      • insider (10/05/2012, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        what good fellow you crazy I work with that man at PWD and trust I you all need to keep your five eyes on he!!!!!
        • Cayman News (10/05/2012, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          please ask Dr. Pickering to call Cayman Island and do some research....quick quick
  • jack be still (10/05/2012, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least pickering will get some action but as for quality of work and shady dealings the pac got to watch that project like a hawk
    • TT boy (10/05/2012, 23:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      people went to jail over the TT airport some even try to run to the USA and they caught them...that is all me ah say
  • Not again!!! (10/05/2012, 13:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ahh HELL NAH!!! Not this scamp again!!! This clown will cause the project cost/deadline to run over significantly. His work ethics are questionable, his PM expertise is umm......hmmmm...leave it at that! BVI Government have so many persons sitting idle with PM knowledge that can do this work. Another senseless contract at at time where the country is not getting good value for money! SIt back and watch as this project implodes on itself from the RISK and lack of suitable key components being set in place. Wilson is not the best choice period!
  • Scary (10/05/2012, 13:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jason is back!!!!! -- Stay tune Jason! - We got your MoO
  • pwd (10/05/2012, 15:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why them bringing back this joker?
  • critic (10/05/2012, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he dont drive his dog in the government jeep...he was famous for that last time he was here
  • bob cat (10/05/2012, 16:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so what is his salary???? I guess another done deal
  • Anegada massive (10/05/2012, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    here we go again bad memories of the NDP between 2003-2007 i could bawl
  • INSIDER (11/05/2012, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    His salary is over 15,000 a month I hear. He getting paid and the project not start yet, or wont be for a while
    • taxpayer (11/05/2012, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not only is his base salary $15,000 a mth, but he has a signed contract for two years. Everyone in their right mind knows that this project is going no where so why issue a two year contract when he has less than six mths. work which can be accomplished. This is some way to run a Government.
  • cell phone (13/05/2012, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    another trcikedad milking the BVI and leaving Caymans
  • Country Gal (17/05/2012, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a Lawlaw... more consultant ish it everyday
  • dominant (17/05/2012, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government need someone who is known on an international level and has a good character. As far as I see Mr. Penn will still get the opportunity to have hands on the project extension of the airport. The locals here should get more oriented, more exposure internationally.
    • jackspratt says; (17/05/2012, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Iam not a VIP nor NDP but the same thing they (ndp) accused the VIP of, they are now doing the same thing or even worst. Thanks to Mr RA (Royal Am not a VIP nor NDP but the same thing they (NDP) accused the vip of, they are now doing the same .Thanks to Mr RA (Royal A$$). Jimmy Cliff says time alone will tell. Long rope for marga horse. a4I
  • poor (17/05/2012, 18:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    poor choice doc pic
  • FAST TRACK (17/05/2012, 21:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • HELP HELP HELP (17/05/2012, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      yea he probely demanding ah job for his wife..poor ayo Tola people the world contiune to tek you all for big fools.

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