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‘VI was rebuilding without the RDA’ - Hon Smith

-says agency has complicated hurricane recovery efforts
Created as a statutory body, it was set up under VI legislation to work hand in hand with Ministries to deliver projects under the Recovery and Development Plan (RDP). Photo: RDA
Deputy Speaker and At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith aka 'Sheep' has lashed out at the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), accusing the statutory body of complicating the VI’s recovery efforts. Photo: Facebook
Deputy Speaker and At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith aka 'Sheep' has lashed out at the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), accusing the statutory body of complicating the VI’s recovery efforts. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Speaker and At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith aka 'Sheep' has lashed out at the VI Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), accusing the statutory body of complicating VI’s recovery efforts.

Speaking at the Sixth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands on September 2, 2019, Hon Smith in exercising frustration at the red tape surrounding the RDA, said long before the agency's existence in the territory, Virgin Islanders were leading their own rebuilding efforts.

Red tape and Rebuilding

“During the hurricane I watch us build back this country, it didn’t had no RDA... we build it back on our own backs and sweat, we did it,” the first time legislator told the House.   

Following the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, the RDA was established under the Dr D. Orlando Smith National Democratic Party (NDP) government, as a tailor-made capability to support the administration in delivering the longer-term recovery and development of the Virgin Islands.

However, many political pundits and social commentators have since accused the agency of being an ‘alternative government’ created by the United Kingdom due to mistrust in the then NDP administration.

Created as a statutory body, it was set up under VI legislation to work hand-in-hand with ministries to deliver projects under the Recovery and Development Plan (RDP).

‘Tired begging’ – Hon Smith

“I tired begging for lights, I tired begging for this… all I hearing is RDA. We as a community, we also need to work together, we don’t need to wait on the RDA to fix a softball field, to fix a basketball court,” Hon Smith said in frustration, recounting efforts to fix local recreational facilities.

According to Mr Smith, since its establishment and counter to the purpose of the agency, it is now more difficult to get rebuilding tasks done, “Now the RDA in here, I have nothing against the RDA… but now they in here, you can’t get nothing done,” he said.

 

23 Responses to “‘VI was rebuilding without the RDA’ - Hon Smith”

  • See (07/09/2019, 14:22) Like (43) Dislike (15) Reply
    you mean you cant pocket as much money . Take a GOOD LOOK AROUND . You really proud ... 2 years later ????
    • @ Sheep (07/09/2019, 19:41) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
      Don't fool yourself. Get information about the RDA and the recovery projects first so that you can make sensible informed comments. And oh, how about actually reading the territory's recovery plan.
    • Ajic (09/09/2019, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sheep talking real foolishness
  • Backbench sheep (07/09/2019, 14:35) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply

    Sheep really talking de thigs

  • doc (07/09/2019, 15:28) Like (16) Dislike (42) Reply
    To see: yes I'm proud. We all should be proud of how much has done with so little. Under the RDA/ Smith administration look at the schools? Eshs was never touch and it took the Fahie administration (7) seven months. RDA to me is just a crippler in this place.
  • Observer (07/09/2019, 18:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    This sheep going rogue from the government?
  • Bigman (07/09/2019, 18:28) Like (22) Dislike (24) Reply
    He is right. They have make everything so damn complicated with crazy paperwork and nonsense to get the work that nothing happening. Also small local companies losing out cuz they ain't used to all the requirements so big outside companies going to take the bucks out of here.
    • Really (09/09/2019, 09:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Its called Procedures and requirements. Why are these two things such a big problem for the BVI lol.
  • BVIProud (07/09/2019, 18:30) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    One thing I can agree with him on is stop begging. I cannot in my lifetime remember when BVI people stretch out their hands to beg. We need to go bad to those value of not begging and be self reliant. I don't know this new BVI set of people.
    • The Hooded Claw (07/09/2019, 20:04) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
      When it was campaign season did Hon Sheep tell the people stop beg or did he bless them with a lil sumtin? So keep the same energy now that the people voted you in!
      • RDA. RDA. RDA (08/09/2019, 07:17) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
        RDA was put in place for a reason... Greed. Corruption.. Irresponsible spending by governments... The world know it. .
        • Exactly (08/09/2019, 10:13) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
          I don't get why they are against an agency making sure our money is being well spent
        • GREED (09/09/2019, 10:54) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
          But the RDA is about greed and corruption for outsiders. I would rather my greedy countrymen with the money than to see greedy outsiders take it all out the territory.
  • ZZZ (07/09/2019, 21:07) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    One guy I will vote for is hon Smith all the way
  • We Need RDA (08/09/2019, 07:13) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    RDA is good. They make sure tax payers get value for money. If government get this money lord we in trouble. The bills and contracts double their supporters and cronies become rich no accountability... NHI is a prime example....The fees double. They are not even trying to fix NHI. Get some price control ...Let RDA do their work. The government got them on delay the country hold up...
  • Another Subject (08/09/2019, 08:18) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    The country has more concerning issues. 1/ Traffic is getting worst I think that Road to the back of the Market between the post office and ward building should be a one way road enter from the market side. The possibility of a pedestrian walk over.. Labour n labour laws need looking at. . So much other things need to be
  • mischief (08/09/2019, 10:11) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    All who want put their hands in the cookie will be vex.
  • 911 (08/09/2019, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    DO NOT MIND THE BLOGS ON SMITH, THE CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF OFFICE
  • voter (08/09/2019, 14:47) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    So happy the ndp who thief all the money is gone, so in fact we don’t need an rda
  • SMH (09/09/2019, 05:21) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    Ok...RDA in! So where are the Reports on any of their accomplishments or projects they are working on? None, Nada, Zero. Some you all talking about tax payers monies. Nope, it's U.K. money that hasn't been released to support any form of assistance to the Territory's rebuilding. So far, just Salaries, Office building and time wasted.
  • @SMH (09/09/2019, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @SMH, are you dumb, deaf and blind? Obviously stupid.
  • Mark (09/09/2019, 17:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its now 2 years and really what major projects has the RDA completed thus far? I personally think that we can do this without the RDA. we just have to apply ourselves and get it done one day at a time. I think there is o much at stake signing on to the RDA.


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