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Works Minister goes @ length to assure 'Govt deserves a clap'

- at sod turning exercise of BVIEC Phase 5 development programme
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) yesterday March 23, 2015 delivered a campaign style address to the workers of the BVI Electricity Corporation and other officials on the launch of Phase 5 development programme, extolling the efforts of the Government and urging the audience to clap at the achievements. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the BVIEC Board of Directors Ron R. Potter, Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith, Minister Vanterpool and General Manager of the BVIEC Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the BVIEC Board of Directors Ron R. Potter, Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith, Minister Vanterpool and General Manager of the BVIEC Leroy A. E. Abraham. Photo: VINO
From right to left: Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE (R9), Hon Archibald C. Christian, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6). Photo: VINO
From right to left: Leader of the Opposition Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE (R9), Hon Archibald C. Christian, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6). Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the event. Photo: VINO
A section of the audience at the event. Photo: VINO
POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) yesterday March 23, 2015 delivered a campaign style address to the workers of the BVI Electricity Corporation and other officials on the launch of Phase 5 development programme, extolling the efforts of the Government and urging the audience to clap at the achievements.

The launch, peppered with speeches and culminating with a sod turning exercise, took place at the corporation’s power generation complex in Pockwood Pond, Tortola.

Early campaign speech

“I sound like I’m on the campaign here today but don’t worry. Because money is needed to be provided for this and we want to thank the Premier for approving us to go and seek money and today we are glad to have our financiers who will ensure that we have that $$35 million,” he said.

“I wish to say from the onset ladies and gentlemen that I am very proud as Minister and really as a citizen of this territory that we have to come to this point here in the Virgin Islands,” he said.

“This Phase 5 development programme for the BVIEC is indeed a game changer ladies and gentleman, this Government, the Government of Dr D. Orlando Smith must be commended for making this happen and I want you to give us a round of applause, thank you,” he said.

Electricity demand increased

“From the 1950s to this year 2015, over 60 years, our territory has grown by leaps and bounds. With an increase in our population came an increase in the demand for electrical energy,” he said. He said that the Government had a record for making sure that the infrastructure is in place to meet the power requirements for these islands.

“When you are put in fear that this Government is borrowing $100 million in one ministry to improve the infrastructure of this territory I want you to understand that this Government is doing the right thing for the right development for the right future of the territory of the Virgin Islands and that deserves a clap,” he said.

'Have no fear'

“The $100 million that you heard recently to put us in fear it is more than $100 million. We are spending approximately $15 million in sewerage…we are spending approximately $5 million on water. Between the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the recent road programme we are spending approximately $40 million on roads, we are about to invest here about $37 million in electricity generating power and before we finish with the cruise pier development and all the surrounding aspects that we are adding into it in the city and in the historical sites that we are about to improve, we would have spent about $60 million. So the $100 million is not $100 million. It is $157 million for infrastructure in the territory," he said.

“Ladies and gentleman that deserves a clap for the Government of Dr D. Orlando Smith who is trying to improve the territory of the Virgin Islands for the people of the Virgin Islands,” he said.

“Ladies and gentlemen this Government decided that it is not going to come out of office before we put our clear stamp on improving and moving forward with renewable energy for the territory for the Virgin Islands. So it wasn’t by happenstance that last week the House of Assembly approved an amendment to the BVI Electricity Corporation ordinance to allow for persons in the territory, corporations, businesses or whatever to provide renewable energy…that deserves a clap ladies and gentlemen. This Government did that,” he said.

15 Responses to “Works Minister goes @ length to assure 'Govt deserves a clap'”

  • ndp (24/03/2015, 09:04) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    PROGRESS!!
    • BVIEC (24/03/2015, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      PHASE V FINALLY.
    • do nothing NDP (24/03/2015, 17:10) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      another vip project can some body show me something the NDP has done????
      • BVIEC (25/03/2015, 13:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        School children say that mark fired parker as he was dilly dallying and brought in potter to get it done.
        So if true, then this is a ndp project. You will have to say why, it was not done by vip.
  • ..................... (24/03/2015, 09:11) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Thank god for the bvi ec staff or else the place would have been empty
  • ImanI (24/03/2015, 09:33) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ok Che Cheng minister. When on the campaign trail and you was often heard using the phase Che Cheng we had never know you mean money in you and your cronies pockets but now we see the clearer picture
  • Go back to church Mr. Vanterpool (24/03/2015, 09:36) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

    Would you believe that this man was a man of God? Now he's out in the world throw away his w... and fa...... Now he's out here looking clap.

  • xxxxxxxx (24/03/2015, 09:42) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why is mark always screaming in the house of assembly and even in speeches…bvi full of a set of crazy men?
  • Clap (24/03/2015, 10:04) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    The people of the 4th will clap him back to his full time job at One Mart come the general election
    • voter (24/03/2015, 10:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Speak for yourself, not people! You!
    • Ha! (24/03/2015, 11:06) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who they will vote for? Boopie? PLEASE! Mark will landslide whoever they bring and that's a fact! PEP and VIP combined won't even make a dent. Keep off the action man.
  • bstrain (24/03/2015, 13:15) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    this government is bogus they had four years to fix this and now on the eve of election is when they going to start, while we the people suffer through utility cuts almost every week but still have to pay full price for this crummy service
  • World Gone Crazy!!! (25/03/2015, 00:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A clap is what you get when you have all kinds of outside women
  • pancho (25/03/2015, 01:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ur a citizen of Anguilla and a resident of the VI. Don't get things mixed up. How is ur hotel doing be K home?
  • vote them out (27/03/2015, 00:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well I sure hope that finally the NDP recognizes that they erred big time and we no longer want a flip flop leader of the NDP


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