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Where is money pledged for post hurricanes recovery?—Julian Willock

-says NDP gov’t failed to diligently pursue much needed funds
The former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Communications and Works was at the time responding to host Kenneth G. Gladstone, who asked the political aspirant to weigh in on the state of affairs, given the fact a year after the hurricanes, the pledged support has not been realised or accessed by the ordinary citizens. Photo: Internet Source
According to Mr Willock, there as a significant amount of monies that had been pledged by donor countries and organisations to the hurricane hit countries in the Caribbean including the VI but “we have not seen most of that money.” Photo: Internet Source
According to Mr Willock, there as a significant amount of monies that had been pledged by donor countries and organisations to the hurricane hit countries in the Caribbean including the VI but “we have not seen most of that money.” Photo: Internet Source
The plight of numerous Virgin Islanders, continue to be bleak, one year after two Category-5 Hurricane hurricanes laid waste to the Territory, leading political aspirant, Mr Julian Willock, to question “where is the money” that had been pledged in aid for the country’s recovery. Photo: VINO/File
The plight of numerous Virgin Islanders, continue to be bleak, one year after two Category-5 Hurricane hurricanes laid waste to the Territory, leading political aspirant, Mr Julian Willock, to question “where is the money” that had been pledged in aid for the country’s recovery. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The plight of numerous Virgin Islanders, continue to be bleak, one year after two Category-5 Hurricane hurricanes laid waste to the Territory, leading political aspirant, Mr Julian Willock, to question “where is the money” that had been pledged in aid for the country’s recovery.

Mr Willock was at the time—Tuesday, August 28, 2018—a guest on the internationally broadcasted, radio programme, ‘The Raw Truth’ and posited, “it is the responsibility of the government to do their due diligence and find out where the money gone, whether the pledges are real and whether people who made a pledge can now make good on their pledged.”

At-Large Candidate

The former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Communications and Works, was at the time responding to host, Kenneth G. Gladstone, who asked the political aspirant to weigh in on the state of affairs given the fact, a year after the hurricanes, the pledged support has not been realised or accessed by the ordinary citizens.

According to Mr Willock, there as a significant amount of monies that had been pledged by donor countries and organisations to the hurricane hit countries in the Caribbean including the VI but “we have not seen most of that money.”

Mr Willock—currently seeking to secure a place on the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP)  elections slate as one of its At-Large Candidates—said the issue is one that brings to the fore the need for adequate leadership from government.

According to Mr Willock, “that’s where leadership comes in, if we had a government that understand those things and that will engage adequately in the international community we could have at least get them to do some research, do some due diligence and find out the status of those pledges.

We Need The Money

He suggested that the current National Democratic Party (NDP) government—under the leadership of Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL)—should have already engaged the Governor’s Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and other such agencies.

“Engage the Governor’s office, Engage the FCO; engage agencies in the United States on the legitimacy of those pledges and whether we can be the real beneficiaries of those pledges.”

 The VI, he said, “need the money, the BVI (British Virgin Islands) is on its knees, we need the money.”

The businessman said he is confident the Territory’s economy will recover in a few years and “be stronger than ever but right now, we need the money, we need the leadership…”

Still Sleeping On Floors

The potential At-Large Candidate for the VIP drew reference to the fact, a year after the hurricanes, there are persons living in the Territory that are still faced with post disaster conditions.

“There are people who will wake up tomorrow morning in the BVI where there is no water for them to use; there are people who will wake up tomorrow morning in the BVI where the first thing they smell is raw sewerage, that’s the reality on the ground.”

He said too, “there are people who will wake up with back pain because they are sleeping on a bed with three or four persons because Hurricane Irma and Maria have destroyed their home and it wasn’t insured, therefore they don’t have money …They are sleeping on floors in the BVI that is the reality on the ground.”

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11 Responses to “Where is money pledged for post hurricanes recovery?—Julian Willock ”

  • AGREE 100 PERCENT (30/08/2018, 19:29) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am wondering what happen to the hundreds of fruit trees that were donated by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    • Reply (31/08/2018, 07:04) Like (10) Dislike (20) Reply
      He certainly got my vote
    • In the dark (31/08/2018, 14:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What happened to all those nice Wilson diesel generators that where donated ???? Sitting on some politician's property no doubt.
  • The Revolution will be Digitized. (30/08/2018, 19:56) Like (18) Dislike (19) Reply
    Absolutely enjoyed that interview with Julian Willock on PSI Online Radio. Two brilliant minds with forward-thinking perspectives. This young man is going places.

    It is said, Blessed are those who are hated and prosecuted for the truth.” Speak your truth young man. Blessed.
  • Jaigon Jumbie (30/08/2018, 20:38) Like (22) Dislike (32) Reply
    Mr. Willock I am in total agreement with you. The Min. Of Finance has recently released some money to some district reps but instead of using that money to do much needed things in their districts they are using it to give out petty contracts in exchange for votes. They are using the tax payers money as campaign funds. Some serious investigation is needed into this act.
  • We don’t listen (30/08/2018, 20:50) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    We bring all that happening unto ourselves! We want to keep on doing bad things and want blessings of reward. We deserve to be flooded out for the nation ain’t seem to be listening. Sad lots of us have to pay for the bad vibes many have brought to us.
  • Just saying (31/08/2018, 05:52) Like (19) Dislike (21) Reply
    No audits, no transperancy, project cost 'overruns' @ TPP, investment in Prospect Reef, BVI Airways....
    Who in their right mind would give this Government money?
  • solution (31/08/2018, 10:44) Like (25) Dislike (33) Reply
    Call election now for immediate progress. NDP is null and void at home and internationally. Point Blank! Period!
  • What!! (31/08/2018, 11:07) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    How many million (17??) for roads and we still driving through pot holes, dirt, and mud on our main coast road to West End DISGRACE!!!
  • Wise Owl (31/08/2018, 14:24) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    The financial world has finally wised up to the crooks running (ruining) the BVI. Without oversite over any monies loaned or granted no one will do business. Since the government won't put up with oversite … here we are. HELP LONDON ! TAKE OVER
  • Easy Answer (01/09/2018, 10:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money is in politicians hands. Personal benefit or used in petty contracts to garner votes.


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