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‘We are not trying to avoid anyone’ – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

- said with the increased workload it’s difficult to immediately attend to all the calls & messages
November 18th, 2019 | Tags: Vincent O. Wheatley patience understanding response HOA
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called for understanding and patience from the public as he said it has become a challenge for elected officials to immediately address all the calls and messages directed to them. Photo: VINO/File
According to Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), left, he just wants persons to understand that when elected officials don’t respond promptly, it’s not because they are trying to avoid anyone but that they will respond eventually. Photo: VINO/File
According to Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), left, he just wants persons to understand that when elected officials don’t respond promptly, it’s not because they are trying to avoid anyone but that they will respond eventually. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called for understanding and patience from the public as he said it has become a challenge for elected officials to immediately address all the calls and messages directed to them.

Honourable Wheatley said with the increasing number of mediums that persons have at their disposal to contact them, it has become a challenge to respond promptly.

“I think people have gotten used to contacting us directly but as the workload increases, it’s a real challenge and a real struggle to attend to all the calls, and WhatsApp, and messenger and Facebook, personal email and the government email,” he pointed out during the First Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Thursday November 14, 2019.

“So I just want persons to understand that when we don’t respond, it’s not like we are trying to avoid you. We will get to you at certain times but not immediately. It may take a day or two, maybe longer but we will get to you. We are not trying to avoid anyone, but it can be a bit overwhelming at times,” he insisted.

Be patient with us

Honourable Wheatley then called on the people to be understanding and exercise patience with their elected men and women.

“I try to answer everyone, but I took my phone a while ago, and I had 1,200 (messages). My daughter was saying, ‘you should pay attention when the HoA is going on’, I said ‘yes, but I’m trying to answer messages’.”

Hon Wheatley reasoned: “If you don’t answer people, they say you are trying to avoid them, they saying ‘oh during the campaign you up in my house, you up in everything, now you elected, I can’t get you.’ Just bear with us, be patient with us.”

12 Responses to “‘We are not trying to avoid anyone’ – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley”

  • Not good Sax (18/11/2019, 08:07) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    I've heard that before from a family that travel from a family that travel from the States to vote for him, they couldn't get a meeting with him no matter how they try.. I was kind a shock to hear that because my Sax isn't that kind of person. Then again when people have power and making money. They have new friends and associates and forget their people their old friends. The one that help them.. If that is so Sax. That's not good. Fix it..
  • Really (18/11/2019, 08:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Campaigning and being an elected official is not the same huh....
  • People (18/11/2019, 08:26) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    People don’t like to used the proper channels. They like short cuts. Most won’t understand the best and fastest way will be using the right channels. The Government got in this year and met tons of ongoing work and being hit with new work and request but some people are just selfish. Keep on doing the good work HON Wheatley, as time comes we get to each issue 1 by 1
  • that is why (18/11/2019, 08:40) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have a assistant or office set up to take your calls.
    • Hmmm (18/11/2019, 09:01) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      That’s the point!!! They want to reach him directly vs his assistant who’s amazing. Samantah is good at what she does..
  • Sirrrrr (18/11/2019, 08:46) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is no excuse. That is what assistants are for. They take all calls and questions from the public and relay them to you.
  • Kingfish (18/11/2019, 09:08) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire BVI government system is messed up, I have emailed many government departments many times about the same matter and is still waiting for a reply months later. They should train the employees to acknowledge the receipt
    of communication so that the sender will know the communication was received.

    Let the sender know that matter is being looked into or it is being referred to another person or department for handling,
    just don't leave us hanging not knowing what is going on.
    • Want2Kno (18/11/2019, 11:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      While I understand your point, you're asking people to leave their comfort zone and & actually work....
  • VG (18/11/2019, 09:15) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    HE WILL COME BACK TO US IN A COUPLE OF YEARS AND HE WILL FIND THE TIME AND HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS
  • Wheatley for the win (18/11/2019, 18:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Vincent Wheatley is easily accessible and definitely tries to attend to all persons’ concerns.
  • bvi (19/11/2019, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truth be told. If you sent an official letter to a Government Ministry you have to wait a year to get a response. Not even an acknowledgement. They can do better. I am not targeting Honorable Wheatley but Government as a whole. Things need to change.


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