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Wendell M. Gaskin is new Ports Board Chairman

-NDP1 Youth Arm President Kevin S. Fahie snubbed
Mr Gaskin, a businessman with over 30 years’ experience in the Virgin Islands Government and a background in accounting, had moved to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) after his Civil Service retirement, where he worked for former Governor, Kenneth E. Mapp. Photo: Facebook
Mr Gaskin has been appointed as Chairman of the BVI Ports Authority Board of Directors. His appointment became effective following a recent Cabinet meeting, however, his tenure is unknown at this time. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Gaskin has been appointed as Chairman of the BVI Ports Authority Board of Directors. His appointment became effective following a recent Cabinet meeting, however, his tenure is unknown at this time. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) forced him to retire, former Deputy Financial Secretary, Wendell M. Gaskin is back.

This time, he has been appointed as Chairman of the BVI Ports Authority Board of Directors. His appointment became effective following a recent Cabinet meeting, however, his tenure is unknown at this time.

Mr Gaskin, a businessman with over 30 years’ experience in the Virgin Islands Government and a background in accounting, had moved to St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) after his Civil Service retirement, where he worked for former Governor, Kenneth E. Mapp.

The new sheriff

Now, Mr Gaskin will report to the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

Meanwhile, it is our newsroom understanding that President of the NDP1 Youth Arm, Kevin S. Fahie had expressed an interest in the post, however, he was snubbed, instead, the job was given to Mr Gaskin.

Mr Fahie is now the Deputy Chairman of the Board, where the BVI Ports Authority has been over the past five years, rocked by scandals and allegations of corruption. Further, they had a whopping $40M overrun on the Ports Development Project, now call the Tortola Pier Park (TPP).

Corruption

Three reports on the Ports Development Project from the Auditor General, Ms. Sonia M. Webster, the VI House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee and a Project Manager, Mr. Huge E. Darley, all concluded there was corruption, no value for money, breaking of laws, conflict of interest and no one looking out for taxpayers money.

Recently, the NDP 1 commissioned its own audit in which many have dismissed it by questioning, how could a government, in effect, audit itself?

Self-auditing

The report carried out by the Charterland Chartered Surveyors Property Consultants was also inconclusive—as to if there was value for money and corruption—since many critical documents needed to have a credible and complete audit somehow disappeared, according to the same report.

Mr. Gaskin is a Virgin Islander via Belonger status having been born in St. Kitts & Nevis.

25 Responses to “Wendell M. Gaskin is new Ports Board Chairman”

  • cay (22/01/2019, 11:22) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    well sah they trying to keep him on there side as he is Ronnie and Ms. P
  • smdh (22/01/2019, 11:34) Like (66) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why do we continue to reward bad behaviour.
    • yes sah (23/01/2019, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Meanwhile, others who conform to the policies of being a government employee can't move up one scale.
  • Lb (22/01/2019, 11:44) Like (52) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why do we keep bringing back the same old cronies?
  • Jaigon Jumbie (22/01/2019, 11:47) Like (58) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is the same man who it is alleged was transferring money from othe votes to the Pier Park Project, now he is chairman of the BVI Port Authority Board. How do we expect things to get better in this country
  • Pig Head Souse (22/01/2019, 11:55) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    My poor, beloved country..smh.
  • NICK (22/01/2019, 12:06) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is why the NDP must go every last one ah them crooke apon crooke
  • big sister from the hill (22/01/2019, 12:08) Like (8) Dislike (38) Reply
    I am so happy to have you back where you belong in the BVI. Keep fighting on my brother and continue to shine. Who God Bless no man curse
  • FlawedSystem (22/01/2019, 12:08) Like (42) Dislike (1) Reply
    The corruption never ends.
  • oen eye (22/01/2019, 12:09) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    hope he push to send home the St. Lucian
  • Ajic (22/01/2019, 13:31) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    this is the final nail in the coffin for NDP. if they could bring back this man, I have lost ALL RESPECT FOR THEM. #just say NO to NDP
  • Interested (22/01/2019, 14:10) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    Welcome home Pow
  • All the best (22/01/2019, 14:30) Like (7) Dislike (23) Reply
    Good Choice go Pow all the best
  • l (22/01/2019, 15:53) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nobody can say that we don't recycle.
  • SMH (22/01/2019, 16:34) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr Fahie was the best candidate for that job.
  • me (22/01/2019, 20:45) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is the minister trying to keep a secret under cover? Was there no one to take that position on the island? Every time this person leave and go to the USVI to work he is brought back with a higher position. The minister is not seeing our people where he got help.
  • me again (22/01/2019, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All this is. IS POLI. TRICKS
    There are 3 Ports of entry (sea) in Road Town and they - - - - up millions of $$ in these 3 areas
    What is happening to the Ports in Jost / West end /Virgin Gorda and Anegada ?
    We need answers on the OVER spending that has happened and we need accountability/ reporting if we are goin to “ recycle then the Crystal Ball will have to be rubbed
  • Diaspora (23/01/2019, 02:50) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Wendel “Pow” Gaskins having retired from civil service and emigrated next door go St. Thomas to work for the Mapp administration that kicked to the curb after one term. Now, Pow is being appointed over other board members (are other board members that less or this is pure, unadulterated raw politics ), as Chairperson of BVI Port Authority (Marine). It seems as if the Chairperson is being passed around from one crony to another. The immediate past Chair is allegedly running for election with the current government. Cronyism seems to be running rampant in the BVI; cronyism is a stench in the current environment. Is NDP, anticipating that it may probably not be relected to power when the dust settles in the imminent constitutionally due general election that must occur by 16 April 2019, unashamingly stacking the deck with cronies? Are they tying the hands of the next government, assuming that it may not be reelected? The BVI needs a fixed electoral calendar like the UK, the Mother country has, ie, election occurs the first Thursday of May every 5 years. Similarly, 120 days before a general election, the party in power will be limited from passing any non-emergency legislation or making any non emergency appointments. Let’s clean up the rot in the state of Denmark. Pow should decline the appointment but one is more apt to see a green mule flying. That is not how cronies roll.
  • The Cat (23/01/2019, 07:25) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The 9 life man.. can't kill him . Can't get him to go away . Must be something special about him ....Congrats Wendell ..
  • NDP 2 (23/01/2019, 09:19) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I feel bad for the liquor boss they diss the man
  • wize up (23/01/2019, 10:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Club Member
  • I could tell ya (23/01/2019, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This guy again
  • Jimmy smith (23/01/2019, 20:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Diaspora, you seems a little upset at Mr. Gaskin's success, I hope he did not steal your "white fowl" . Please try to get over it , I am amazed at all these key boards warrior's who assinate other people characters behind the scenes. A word to the wise what goes around comes around. Most of you negative Mfs would dare meet Mr. Gaskin face to face.
    • @Jimmy Smith (24/01/2019, 13:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      White fowl is a Jamaican cultural saying. Leave Jamaica out of this local cronyism fight. Look like Diaspora is not blaming or jealous of the player (POW) but the game (cronyism).


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