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"We do not need anyone to police us" – Premier Fahie

- Says territory under NDP rule had good finances but poor management
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the Virgin Islands (VI) under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government does not need ‘policing’ given his mantra of accountability in governing the territory’s affairs. Photo: Facebook
Roads paved in Road Town at the waterfront area, which started Saturday, February 2, 2019 just a few days leading up to the February 25, 2019, General Elections in the Territory. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
Roads paved in Road Town at the waterfront area, which started Saturday, February 2, 2019 just a few days leading up to the February 25, 2019, General Elections in the Territory. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the Virgin Islands (VI) under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government does not need ‘policing’ given his mantra of accountability and transparency in governing the territory’s affairs.

“In the two months that we have taken office, we have achieved quite a bit and Mr Speaker I want to state that inside this budget, shows our signature that we have started a deposit into the lives of the people to put this territory back into the hands of the people,” the Premier said in juxtaposing his new rule to that of the Dr D. Orlando Smith led 8-year National Democratic Party (NDP) regime.  

“Our aim is to ensure that we increase the accountability, increase our people’s confidence in governance, so that the people of the territory can understand that we do not need anyone to police us, we can police ourselves,” Hon Fahie further reiterated in an address to the House of Assembly (HoA) during Budget Debates on Thursday, April 25, 2018.

No Bullying

“I am going to be the Premier for the entire Territory, but I’m not going to be bullied, I’m not going to let psychological games get to my head to allow me to make any erratic decisions or feel that we are not moving and going and doing the things that people want,” he said.

Hon Fahie underscored that in order to put the people first, the territory cannot just focus on infrastructure works without a plan for money to reach the people of the territory, “those who do not have roofs, recreational areas that are still not Fixed,” he implored.

“I have stated clearly… that this territory never had a money problem, this territory has a management problem.”

Further, Mr Fahie says that money expended under the NPD does not match up in terms of the amount of development that should have happened in the Territory, post-hurricane Irma and Maria of 2017.

NDP had no Priorities – Hon Fahie

 “I actually went and had my GIS officer take a picture of every single government building, every single government property[and] facility so that I can make a file of it to show what we meet,” he said.

The Premier further revealed that the road works executed by the NDP in the days leading up to elections 2019 were not budgeted for, yet, cost the territory $5M at a time when so many other issues needed to be fixed.

“I want to match it, Mr Speaker, that yes we had the money, but did we have the priorities correct? Because $5 million and change went towards paving a road,” Premier Fahie revealed in noting that the previous NDP administration had a complete lack of spending priorities.

7 Responses to “"We do not need anyone to police us" – Premier Fahie”

  • Challenger (29/04/2019, 09:13) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    5 million ???!!!
    that could have got some decent schooling facilities for our children............ NDP should be ashamed of themselves.....
  • 2 GRAND (29/04/2019, 11:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too late for we don't need anyone to police us we already catch a case. several to be exact. Guilty of greed and mismanagement.
  • OK Then (29/04/2019, 13:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Premier. We with you but with conditions.
    Please don’t become zealous in doing that you neglect to look at the bigger picture. Be careful you don’t become the bully.
  • Quiet Warrior (29/04/2019, 14:05) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    “We do not need anyone to police us" – Premier Fahie. Premier Fahie, the people needs a better explanation.
    Every statement merits support to attain any credibility. The Premier stated that in two months that the VIP did a whole lot. Whereas government may think it did a bang up. But what does the electorate think? What the electorate thinks is what is important, not what government thinks; government is self-serving.
    • @ Quiet Warrior. (29/04/2019, 16:30) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      Only the blind cant see what the new Government did so far. Give the people their jackets, they are well deserving of it.

  • apple pie (29/04/2019, 15:19) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie is we boy
  • Anonymous (30/04/2019, 06:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could imagine the shock the NDP and their base is still experiencing!!!! LONG Live Fahie and the VIP


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