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VIP Candidates pledge to not take allowance; will instead invest in people

-as Hon Andrew A. Fahie promises Youth Affairs Dept, cheaper housing initiatives
The grandiose statement was given by District Nine Candidate for the VIP, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley, during a ‘Youth Forum’ held on Virgin Gorda, on Saturday, January 19, 2019, last. Photo: Internet Source
"When the VIP is elected, we want to hit the ground running,” according to District Nine Representative, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: VINO/File
“Who owns your land owns your country, so if our people don’t own our land we don’t own the country,” Hon Andrew A. Fahie said. Photo: VINO/File
“Who owns your land owns your country, so if our people don’t own our land we don’t own the country,” Hon Andrew A. Fahie said. Photo: VINO/File
The VIP Youth Forum on Virgin Gorda, follows on a similar activity held the previous night Sunday, January 20, 2019, on Sister Island, Anegada(pictured here). Photo: Team of Reporters
The VIP Youth Forum on Virgin Gorda, follows on a similar activity held the previous night Sunday, January 20, 2019, on Sister Island, Anegada(pictured here). Photo: Team of Reporters
Editor’s note: We have since received a call from Mr Vincent O. Wheatley who said he misspoke and was referring to the district allocation and not allowance.

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Candidates of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) have all agreed to take their government allowances to put towards empowering the people of the Territory, through training and other means, in order for them to be equipped to take on the jobs of the future.

The grandiose statement was given by District Nine Candidate for the VIP, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley, during a ‘Youth Forum’ held on Virgin Gorda, on Monday, January 21, 2019, last.

Speaking to an auditorium of scores of young people and party Candidates—including VIP Leader and Chairman, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1)—Mr Wheatley noted that, “one of the reason why we want to bring young people here, because when the VIP is elected, we want to hit the ground running.”

Allowance Regardless

It was at this point, Mr Wheatley observed, “we know the country might not have money but every single District Candidate and every single At-Large Candidate is given an allowance regardless of what is happening, that allowance is there.”

He disclosed that, “we (VIP Candidates) have all decided among ourselves that we are taking that money—we not building any roads sorry, not building retainer walls sorry—we will take that money to empower you the people.”

He spoke to afternoon classes and other training initiatives that can be explored.

Meanwhile, Hon Fahie in his presentation to the youths gathered for the forum also sought to stress the level of importance that the party places on youth and youth affairs.

As such, the VIP Leader disclosed to the Virgin Gorda youths that there will be a special Office for Youth Affairs under the Premier’s Office and will never again be lost away in any Ministry.

Inclusionary Governance

Testament to an inclusionary practice of governance, Hon Fahie disclosed that when the idea was first pitched to another group of young Virgin Islanders, he was told of the need for a Youth Advisory Council.

According to Hon Fahie, such a council is guaranteed under his Premiership since, “if you are not a youth you can’t speak for the youth.”

The same, he said, obtains for women representation. Hon Fahie told his male counterparts, “as a man you also need to recognize that you can’t speak for a woman,” and pointed to the fact the VIP Slate of Candidates consists of four women on our team.

The VIP Leader used the occasion to also stress that his party’s ”very serious about land and affordable housing.”

This, he said, was of critical importance to the young people of the Territory and spoke to community initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of housing.

“Who owns your land owns your country, so if our people don’t own our land we don’t own the country,” Hon Fahie said.

The VIP Youth Forum on Virgin Gorda, follows on a similar activity held the previous night Sunday, January 20, 2019, on Sister Island, Anegada. 

13 Responses to “VIP Candidates pledge to not take allowance; will instead invest in people ”

  • ccc (22/01/2019, 17:15) Like (20) Dislike (17) Reply
    Now this is a party that cares
  • Hmm (22/01/2019, 17:55) Like (28) Dislike (15) Reply
    Please anything for votes
  • King Ping (22/01/2019, 18:04) Like (21) Dislike (19) Reply
    Lmao this is all talk
  • Hmm (22/01/2019, 19:00) Like (20) Dislike (12) Reply
    Mr Vincent doesn’t need to talk or campaign. He’s already elected as our district representative.
  • Diaspora (22/01/2019, 19:07) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    In addition to housing allowance, what other allowances do elected members get? I’m not averse to elected members getting some reasonably priced allowances. However, there is one allowance that they get that needs to be rescinded, ie, housing allowance. Why do elected members get an allowance to live in their own homes? Do other government employees save for may be expat contract employees get a housing allowance? Getting this housing allowance may be one of the few things that government and opposition members sing from the same sanky on. What is the premise for giving up the allowances? Is it that they are not needed or to show that politicians are down with the lil man? Nonetheless, giving up the allowances is a positive personal image.
  • voter (22/01/2019, 20:59) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Can you please show us the voters proof by way of Facebook live with all 13 members signing such documents lip service don't work for many sir...
  • Talker (23/01/2019, 03:26) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    I see VIP candidates have short memories uncle Ralphie once said hence the reason for the housing allowance is that his home is used more than his office...Is like the surest place one can meet you and Mr.Vincent stop try and make it seems like these Ministers get a whack of an allowance... An I sure bet if you get elected when it comes to you have to travel on government business you not going say don't book me first class book me a coach seat.. just stop the fooling of John public..
  • Hmmmm (23/01/2019, 07:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this a one man pledge or a party pledge . I know that Vincent will not take allowances . I'm seeing a set of greedy selfish people don't think they will agree with Vincent ...Why are the present present representatives still taking allowances in spite of the poor economic climate that they cause ?
  • ... (23/01/2019, 08:40) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    And who suppose to believe this? Can yall stop talking sweet just to get my vote and actually talk about something with substance along with action if you so happen to get in.
  • just (23/01/2019, 09:28) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Representatives giving their allowance to the people is nothing new. They give that and more, unlike others. The difference is that they do not advertise what they do.
  • Concerned one (23/01/2019, 11:44) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    He disclosed that, “we (VIP Candidates) have all decided among ourselves that we are taking that money—we not building any roads sorry, not building retainer walls sorry—we will take that money to empower you the people.”

    We are NOT asking you to build NEW roads, we REQUIRE you to MAINTAIN the PUBLIC roads in a decent way. It is a disgrace on the upkeep of the public roads throughout the Territory. People try to empower themselves all the time, we only wish that the Government will do its rightful duty in enabling residents to see what they spend their money on. Help the people who require help, but don't hinder those who try to improve their lots. If retainer walls are necessary, build or assist in building them - they are not just for beautification, right?
    • VG Resident (24/01/2019, 09:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @concerned one, I understand what you are saying, but what I gathered from Mr. Wheatley is that the allowance money will go towards impowering the people directly not on the major projects such as infrastructure which is the responsibility of the government, through the Ministry of Communication and Works- PWD. His points are well received, again, maybe you misunderstood what was said...not sure if you were there to the forum to hear what was said before and after that particular statement. But very good points 'concerned one'


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