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'Every nickel, every penny I managed was spent on the people'- Hon Maduro-Caines

Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) has said she has nothing to hide in relation to how funds were spent in her District, as the debate on the controversial leaked audit report on Assistance Grants commenced in the House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Photo: YouTube
The Auditor General Sonia M. Webster prepared yet another damning report on government. This time it is the Report on Assistance Grants for the period January 2019 to May 2022 Photo: VINO.
The Auditor General Sonia M. Webster prepared yet another damning report on government. This time it is the Report on Assistance Grants for the period January 2019 to May 2022 Photo: VINO.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) has said she has nothing to hide in relation to how funds were spent in her District, as the debate on the audit report on Assistance Grants from January 2019 to May 2022 commenced in the House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

“Over the past few days, many have been shocked by information, figures and names found in this…audit report which was leaked. While I am not condoning any misconduct concerning the way in which this document was released, I believe that the people do deserve to know where public funds are spent. I’m however concerned for the youngest persons on this list, whose identities were splashed across the territory unexpectedly,” she said.

The Junior Minister noted that many have written to her seeking assistance and she has assisted where she could.

'I did not personally assign over $1M in grants'

“I want to make it abundantly clear that I did not personally assign over one million dollars in grants of the amount presented. I was directly able to assist persons out of my district allocation, which is $125,000 per year,” she noted.

According to the Auditor General, Sonia M. Webster, in her report, $1,086,481.00 in assistance grants was distributed in the Sixth District between January 2019 and May 2022.

Hon Maduro-Caines said during the COVID season, Government allocated some $300,000 to assist persons in District 6.

She explained that most of the $300,000 allocated went towards assisting people who couldn’t pay their rent.

“The $300, 000 was part of this money allocated along with the $125,000 per year…those two sums alone amount to $800,000 and you could imagine the other $200,000 plus was spent in the district on much-needed projects…Who want to get a breakdown, I’m certainly sure that they can have access if they go to Finance or whoever to find where the other $200,000 have gone,” Hon Maduro- Caines noted.

She said she is aware that questions are being asked as to whether she has received over a million dollars and where it went.

“The $200,000 plus, like I said, is public information, and the projects such as Fisherman Wharf and a few others is public. Every dollar, every dime, every nickel and every penny that I manage was spent on the people,” the Junior Minister said.

'I have nothing to hide'

Hon Maduro-Caines noted; however, that in reality, this kind of money pales in comparison to what is really needed to fix the social problems the territory faces.

“Whether you applied for assistance through me or Social Development or any other public office, the list simply breaks down how much money was received within the district but not necessarily from the $125,000 grant that I administered.

“I hope that this explanation helps some of the persons that are out there making accusations or asking questions, as I’ve always been transparent and clear in my dealings and I can’t allow any confusion to paint a picture that I would have control of that much money and would not have helped each and everyone in the district,” she noted.

Hon Maduro-Caines said some are acting like it was a death sentence handed down.

“I don’t have anything to hide and certainly not in my pocket,” she said.

40 Responses to “'Every nickel, every penny I managed was spent on the people'- Hon Maduro-Caines”

  • Jay (10/03/2023, 15:58) Like (12) Dislike (32) Reply
    I am one of her constituents and she was very helpful to me in my time of need.
    • @jay (10/03/2023, 16:23) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lucky You!
    • @jay (10/03/2023, 16:29) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
      Wondering what's in your comment to dislike or did someone hit the dislike button by error? Well, let's see if they'll dislike my comment as well.
    • Real Talk (10/03/2023, 16:49) Like (34) Dislike (11) Reply
      O please stop your petty talk go vote for walwyn
    • @jay (10/03/2023, 17:04) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
      You are one of the lucky ones. Some of us dare not ask If we do we will hear the Government do not have any money.
  • Rubber Duck (10/03/2023, 16:23) Like (28) Dislike (13) Reply
    She really doesnt get the point? What people? Who are you to arbitrarily decide who gets public money? Show us an accounting of what you spent. Why is your story and the governments story different ? Did any of your relatives get money? And lots more unanswered questions.
  • Heavy decision (10/03/2023, 16:33) Like (50) Dislike (30) Reply
    Too little too late. Oh you’re final speech was very elementary. We need a more educated voice. We thought you were a bit better than Hodge but you’re not.

    The NDP pushed you down our throat(a). But it wasn’t for our benefit in the 6th district it’s was for theirs. You made up a number.

    Now we want representation not just a number. We need a voice that’s why most of us a going with Myron.

    You had your chance to stay with the NDP in the opposition and fight but you took the easy way out you crossed the floor and again just to make up a number.

    You have no fight in you, you never will fight for us simply because you can’t. You are a compassionate and caring lady but we need a fighter. You should just sit this election out as a candidate. You did all you could and we thank but WE making a SHIFT in the SIXTH.

    We love you and God bless.
    • @Heavy decision (11/03/2023, 09:13) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      You summed that up nicely and respectfully I might add. Those are my observations and sentiments as well.

      I think the Honorable Lady is a decent person but as you said and I agree, she is not a fighter.

      I also disliked that she jumped ship when the tough got going for political expediency. I don't like that kind of behavior in politicians. Win or loose, stick to your principles and convictions. I as a voter value that more.
    • lol (11/03/2023, 09:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Okay masa pasa
  • facts (10/03/2023, 16:41) Like (22) Dislike (32) Reply
    Honorable Alvera Maduro Caines is speaking facts. The social ills of the BVI are huge. People have not catch themselves since Irma and Maria and now Covid. This is why I cannot kill the VIP for trying to help. The hurt is REAL!
  • purcell (10/03/2023, 16:46) Like (14) Dislike (44) Reply

    I am not voting for anyone who is arrested for alleged corruption and pretending as if it is no big deal if they go to jail. I am voting for Alvera. Let them up Balsum gut vote for the tall one running against her.

  • Famous last words (10/03/2023, 16:49) Like (26) Dislike (12) Reply
    "I have nothing to hide". Famous last words and then came the FEDs
  • double standard (10/03/2023, 16:50) Like (22) Dislike (24) Reply

    When Myron was in politics no one asked him what he did with his grant money especially the millions he allegedly gave away to friends and family from the Ministry of Education. Not even an audit was done. But now they want to try to crucify Alvera and VIP for helping in the greatest time of need in the history of the BVI during Covid. What a double standard.

  • Real (10/03/2023, 16:52) Like (36) Dislike (5) Reply
    To who she knows others dont get a dime not a cent since she is our district rep and i literally 1 cent
  • D6 (10/03/2023, 16:53) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    Ask them which law firm got some of the $8 million for the plane that we never got but the $8 million is gone and the UK colonial plot is conveniently ignoring any active investigations on it because those involved have sold us out for their freedom including this Minister of Health.
  • .... (10/03/2023, 17:57) Like (27) Dislike (14) Reply
    Hold on wait Alvera actually said something! I forgot she could speak. Anyhow, funny man going give her some licks.
  • Word of caution (10/03/2023, 18:11) Like (10) Dislike (24) Reply
    Alvera be mindful that you are running against the king of mischief and magic.
  • cay (10/03/2023, 19:11) Like (4) Dislike (32) Reply

    No way funny man going beat her plus he going j**** before election

  • tola (10/03/2023, 21:21) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    Please alvera I used to like you alot but you change alot and you change on the wrong set of people. You get to cocky with yourself.

    Baughers bay is not district 6 it have purcell, belle vue etc open your eye
  • ha (10/03/2023, 22:07) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    How much money did your daughter get to build out her salon??
  • Really (10/03/2023, 23:09) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ask her how much of that covid money went to help her daughter set up her salon and when others with actually needs asked for help they were told she had to take care of her family first.
  • What,? (10/03/2023, 23:38) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    But just the other day she said she could not get anything done in her district because getting anything done was like pulling teeth. She flip flopping in words same way she flip flopping in actions. Why is the public so gullible. Obviously, it is time for a change! Take a back seat and learn how it's done since you couldn't do it yourself. Steupes
  • herbs power (11/03/2023, 00:57) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope she knows the 6th did not voted for vip.
    • NO WE DID NOT! (11/03/2023, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This fact is the defining ffactor!
      No one should overlook this, FACT!
  • HAHAHA (11/03/2023, 04:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wilma, her last statement is for you. Keep the woman name off of Facebook.
    • serpent (11/03/2023, 20:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ HAHAHA, when done they want to go into the church and play most Christian. What the Hon. do that woman I just don’t know, but the hatred in her heart for the woman is not good at all. That’s why I cannot go into church and sit with those hypocrites.
  • 6distric (11/03/2023, 04:34) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    If people in the bvi wouid stop make mischief and pay attention it well.speaking to the cŕetics for the asistance grant in any most distric you had to fill out your applicatíon at the house of assemble then it went to evaluated by a group other indivisual to process for final acesment before any body get
  • 6 distric (11/03/2023, 05:04) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Applicatíon had tó submitted for grants ig you were qualified you would get grant this were set criteria by the goverment but we black people like to mush confusion man ,,some people did not get yes onfortunately and this was in every distric she did not gave out by had pick any one ,,therw were aprocess who apply get , if you did not applied then you are to blameyourself..during the time it was clearly stated come fill out your form at HOA if did not go who to blame..but ourself
    Even the care package box of food you had to call redcross or social developement some of refuse to call it was stated on the radio to do so ..we pay no attention... the woman was on the ground making sure peoe get their food..
    They were calling you via cell phone once you call let them know you need help they were eben askig how much in your houshold, look how easy we people forget ungreat full...
    People...stop making confusion where the hell wsd myron all the these time now he talking piss bur nable thring free bottom,
  • 6 (11/03/2023, 05:37) Like (3) Dislike (16) Reply
    Alvera dont mind the noise god is in controll you were on the other side holding you down cause you woman they now want to kill you byt god got your back now they going round fooling the people with their agenda,,the coi uk eyeing every myron belive hes a bully but same kind of peoole will make england take over here taker quicker than ever god high looking down low dont have them who look out for saying they got your back,,,leave them running aróund with funny man this man never never come in the districk to check on us evev when you wrer on their side to see what going on now he talking hogwash ,,all the money they take from you guys and give to the rda let me how will be able to do they going around saying they willdo
    Every new one running now will havw problem getting any thing done just watch and see..they will surely howmush salt butter cost a pound...alvera we sticking wid you..myron come in for revenge but we will teach him a lesson to learnh,,,god is in controll
    • @6th (11/03/2023, 16:10) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you serious? I can understand if Andrew fool her and told her she is wasting time in the oppersition with Penn and nothing is being done in her District, but when she saw all the corruption taking place she stood with him just incase Flax jump ship and go independant. Then you went over Long Bush with him and the VIP saying The Grass Is Greener on the other side? That means you are no better then him. Now everone is asking how did you spend the grass money?
  • Fact Checker (11/03/2023, 05:59) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alvera wait until House of Assembly dissolving to say something about what she’s done for people? Lol this grasshopper might look to jump ship with Shereen next.
  • Jupiter (11/03/2023, 06:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is white like snow. The grass was green on vip side she crossed the road,now her belly full and She wants to" shaggy "herself "it wasn't me".
  • Jaigon (11/03/2023, 08:13) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    I am fully aware of the constitutional fact, that a man is innocent until proven guilty. But it seems to me that a lot of you supporting Myron to be elected is missing one basic thing, the fact that he have a criminal charge pending against him before a court of law. If his party won the next election and he himself won his seat, he cannot sit in cabinet. On another note, if he is found guilty in the court, he will have to relinquish his seat and then a by election will have to take place. Is this what you people really want.
  • Lol from Belle Vue (11/03/2023, 14:16) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Belle Vue, Percell and Baughus Bay....not jus Baughus Bay or people who have ties to there, that the only people she helps. The few times I try to talk to her the secretary alway give a run around and when she finally see me, "I'm a back bencher". Whatever money she talking bout is between Baughus bay, "the block and school" and maybe Joyce Samuel, honestly idk how them Purcell situation is wid she but she's not for the 6 she for he own......AAYYYEEEE SEND SHEEP!!!!!
    • @ Lol from Belle Vue (13/03/2023, 22:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This was soooo evident. The worst damaged house in Sabbath Hill in Belle Vue is still damaged. That poor lady.
      How was the money spent?
  • Josiahsbay (11/03/2023, 15:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is why we need districts councils so we can monitor the fox in the hen house. Lack of revenue is the district's greatest lament so it makes sense to create some kind of revenue generating within the district for the districts.
  • Retire (11/03/2023, 15:33) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Unity government is over.

    She can't seriously consider running with VIP again. Nor can she consider grass-hopping again to somewhere else. She is a good person and should retire, while her name is still worth something.
  • Resident of D6 (11/03/2023, 16:58) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have never seen this woman in the Purcell Area. Currently there is an ABYSS to get the Brewlys Superette in FreeBottom; no lights by the Garbage Bins and the lis goes on. Nothing has been done for this district since she has elected.

    From 2017 hurricane to the pandemic, she has never visit not even the elderly to ask how they make it. Seems like if you are not from Baughters Bay or related to her you got nothing.
  • A (16/03/2023, 23:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You mean your close family aka people struppez waste of time. Still can't see the guard rails

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