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VI at a serious crossroad- Edmund Maduro

- Sees some ‘bad days' ahead
A section of Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands. According to talk show host Edmund Maduro, in 1961 the population of the Virgin Islands was an estimated 7000 persons. Today in 2013, 51 years later, the estimated population is said to be 32, 000, an increase of 25, 000 or a 357 percent increase at 490 persons or 7 percent per annum. He said this rise in population due to many expatriates coming into the Territory has led to many problems, one of which is the pressing issue of employment of Virgin Islanders or the alleged lack of it. Photo: VINO/File
Not that he has a crystal ball, but social activist and talk show host Edmund Maduro is looking at the trends and happenings particularly in the Territory and is predicting some troubling days ahead. Photo: VINO
Not that he has a crystal ball, but social activist and talk show host Edmund Maduro is looking at the trends and happenings particularly in the Territory and is predicting some troubling days ahead. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Not that he has a crystal ball, but social activist and talk show host Edmund Maduro is looking at the trends and happenings particularly in the Territory and is predicting some troubling days ahead.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the BVI is at a serious crossroad with regards to its national, social, political, and economic development,” Mr Maduro chose to start out with these words on his programme BVI Forum on CBN Channel 51 on April 20, 2013.

He followed up by noting that Virgin Islanders have become “seriously frustrated” about their position of minority with regards to population.

According to the talk show host, in 1961 the population of the Virgin Islands was an estimated 7000 persons. Today in 2013, 51 years later, the estimated population is said to be 32, 000, an increase of 25, 000 or a 357 percent increase at 490 persons or 7 percent per annum.

He said this rise in population due to the large number of expatriates coming into the Territory has caused many problems, one of which is the pressing issue of employment of Virgin Islanders or the alleged lack of it.

“There are serious problems where natives are being deprived of gainful employment in preference of non-natives. BVIslanders wake up. I am calling on you to wake up. This wakeup call is not for you to victimise non-BVIslanders living and working in the country but instead for you to call upon the authorities to enforce the Labour Code fairly and justly.”

In addition to that, Mr Maduro said he understands that Heads of Departments are currently being allowed to dismiss civil servants independently of the Governor and noted that while he finds it unbelievable, he will be inquiring into the “validity of these matters”.

The talk show host also said he believes that the time has come when it is imperative for Government to do all that is necessary to revive farming and fishing to the point where it is necessary to take mandatory steps or actions, “since food production is an indispensible industry including the operation of the greenhouses.”

Continuing to highlight social and economic issues, Mr Maduro also said it was time for government to look more professionally and responsibly at helping VIslanders who have fallen victim to drugs and other abusive lifestyles.

“I say these things because, like other BVIslanders, I see some bad days ahead that can bring with them lots of crimes and other social problems.”

18 Responses to “VI at a serious crossroad- Edmund Maduro”

  • morningflake (24/04/2013, 08:32) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    you come me this islands here you gone die and leave the island here too, Just be happy that the outsider are helping you pay your mortgage before dem take it from you
  • tost (24/04/2013, 08:39) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Nobody doh trust allyuh talk show host who sell out over a lil contract from dr. Pick.

    • trust (24/04/2013, 12:25) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      I do not trust anyone who has been associated with the NDP over a consultancy. The corruption is cancerous.

  • Boo (24/04/2013, 08:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    or at the end of the road.
  • jtv (24/04/2013, 08:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank goodness I have my milo to keep me in good spirits....
  • ----------- (24/04/2013, 09:00) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you Edmund for being the VOICE of those who are adamantly against this HALF BAKED DUCK!

  • Guest (24/04/2013, 09:11) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    Is that the new slogan of the BVI "VI at a serious crossroad"? Every year we at some serious crossroad when things ain't going how one person wants, give it a rest, sounds like a broken record. Next time if NDP out you will hear them with the same thing. It seems as long as something is not going how any notable BVI person wants we at this mystery armageddon crossroad that pops up every 6 months.
  • The TRUTH (24/04/2013, 09:27) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    I really cant stand this man..... there are virgin islanders all around the worl fullin up people land too........ he's against the population rising... then is goin to blaming it on those living in the BVI who are not of the VI... its not a bad thing for the population to rise..... the government over the years proved it self worthy to deal with the increase......... get with it and shut up dude... Gosh
  • vince (24/04/2013, 09:43) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    How many locals Edmund hire in his life? this man need to go take a damn seat. locals that want work have work. those who don't care for work up and down stealing. thats it in a nutshell. what damn crossroad. the person above say it right. when tings not goign their way all of a sudden the bvi going down hill. who bring the expats here? they can't just book a flight and come. who benefits from bringing them here. do the math.
  • ReX FeRal (24/04/2013, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    British Virgin Islands 2013!!!
    LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.
    Seize the time.
    • people out a here already (24/04/2013, 15:12) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      oh please,you all dont see how many expats already leaving the bvi,i know because so many appartments are available,so much buisness owners who not from the bvi closing down and either leave or leaving ,closing down because of the stupidness being said every day this is the fault of we the bvislanders talking to much dump,so the population going down,even our own running away from here and going england ,usvi or usa.
    • USV (24/04/2013, 15:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      IF IS NOW YOU MR MUDRO CAN SEE THE COUNTRY GOING DOWN ITS TOO LATE BECAUE SOME AYU WANT TO HAVE THINGS AYU OWN WAY, AYU MUST LEARN TO SHARE. ISLAND PEOPLE COME HERE TO MAKE A LIVING TOO JUST LIKE HOW AYU GO TO THE US/UK WHY CAN'T WE LIVE LIKE ONE BLOOD TOO MUCH HATERS . WHEN AYU CANT GET THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT AYU BLAME ISLAND PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT.
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  • Popo (24/04/2013, 12:41) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply
    Edmund need to go sit his watsup, if u would educate ur people as my minister M. Walwyn stated froma young age u would not need to worry about outsiders we paying tax, stop teaching ur kids to live without responsibilities, form young give them something to do let them earn what they want form a young age stop spoon feeding them everything they want they be come dependable and lazy and when they cant get what they want and u can no longer give them they turn to the streets and crime. everyone cant be the head to be the head u got to start somewhere small I live here long enough and see parents telling dem children they aint going be no messenger or police for no body.and u aint going pack no bag, fine then give them a desk job with no skills and see what happen. and we no where u from HEERRRRRRREEE. that's so small minded where can it get u. then if u from here treat ur country wid pride and respect and stop walking off people jobs wid ur ish that's why no one want u on there work cause u was brought up wrong and feel because u from HEERRRREEE u can do what u want. so as Hon. M Walwyn say educate your self and children teach them right not I form hereeeeeeee we other Caribbean or down island people was thought to work hard for what we want if u don't know ur pass u wont have no guide into the future. and as I see it bvi is loosing its culture to the American social life want to be like. hate it
  • Fcuk in the road (24/04/2013, 15:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Maduro, your country is over populated with "down islanders" and "expats" because the "sons and daughters of the soil" have no pride or love for their country. The minute they get an opportunity to leave this island, they do. Some of them never look back. So are forced to return because they could not cut it out there or more currently due to the US recession. Back in the day (and today) when the BVIslanders were running abroad to have their babies to ensure dual citizenship, they weren't thinking about the long term reprecautions. Today, a true "born here" BVIslander is rare, because your children and children's, childern were born in the US. I don't hear you encouraging your sheep to return home to graze. Oh but wait? What are they going to graze on? Those who willing return are forced to take menial govenment jobs because the existing, non qualified persons stubbornly refuse to step aside. It's who you know and who your family is that survives in this country. YOU BVIslanders DON'T EVEN LIKE YOUR OWN PEOPLE! YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR YOUR OWN!

    Well, Mr. Maduro, here are a few suggestions to assist your country at this crossroads:

    1. To combat your daughters having babies in the US, allow the babies born here the dignity of automatic citizenship, because THEY BORN HERE.
    2. Stop investing money in far fetched projects and create more scholarship programs for your children, so that they are better qualified to fill the jobs taken by expats.
    3. Help HLSCC to become an accredited 4-year institution, with BA and BS programs, then your children will not have to travel afar to be educated.
    4. GROW SOMETHING, BUILD SOMETHING, FISH, FARM, CREATE SOMETHING exportable!!!!
    5. Learn to have country pride. Someone complained that the expats and islanders always boast their country flag, but not the BVI. WHERE IN GOD'S GOOD NAME CAN WE FIND THEM! DID THE COUNTRY COMMISSION ANY?
    6. And finally, please recognize and accept who you are: AN ISLAND! NOT A CONTINENT! So STOP refering to other islanders as 'ISLAND PEOPLE' . YOU ARE NOT SO DAMN SUPER NATION, YOU ARE ALSO SEA WATER AND SAND!
  • under the bus (24/04/2013, 16:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    cross road????both Edmund and NDP need to see the back of this lil country
  • concern vi (24/04/2013, 18:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    man shot your mouth, u can not even run your own business,
  • Guest - (24/04/2013, 18:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am concerned that the BVI has become a major contributor to global warming - with all of this hot air being spewed by our politicians and talk show hosts...



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