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EXCLUSIVE: Hon Julian Fraser dismisses Report on SCB Project

-The Former Minister for Communications and Works provided the facts on every aspects of the Auditor General Report on the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Development Project!
Hon. Julian Fraser RA Third District Representative has dismissed the Sea Cow’s Bay habour project audit. In an exclusive interview with our news site Hon. Fraser the veteran Politician provided compelling facts to dispute the report authored by Virgin Islands Auditor General Sonia M. Webster. Photo: VINO/File
The report on the Sea Cow’s Bay harbour project was leaked to this news site before it became public by this news site’s sources in the National Democratic Party. Photo: VINO
The report on the Sea Cow’s Bay harbour project was leaked to this news site before it became public by this news site’s sources in the National Democratic Party. Photo: VINO
Many have said that the current Administration is trying their best out of desperation to stay in power by shifting attention to the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Project. They said the real focus should stay on the Ports Development project in which both the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor General detailed corruption, conflict of interest, no one looking out for the tax payers and suspicious spending. Photo: VINO/File
Many have said that the current Administration is trying their best out of desperation to stay in power by shifting attention to the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Project. They said the real focus should stay on the Ports Development project in which both the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor General detailed corruption, conflict of interest, no one looking out for the tax payers and suspicious spending. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola VI - From Monday of this week our news room was bombarded with calls and other secret contacts from high level sources within the National Democratic Party asking to meet someone to provide us with a copy of the Auditor General’s Report on the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Development Project authored by Ms. Sonia M. Webster.

Our news room had the document in our procession since Monday, September 8, 2014, however, because it was not laid on the Table of the House of Assembly (HoA) we decided to hold the information as we had done with many others until it became a public document.

However, after a pro government online news site broke the report that will be laid on the Table today, September 11, 2014 at the HoA Sitting, we sought an exclusive interview with the Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Chairman of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

The Report’s findings & Fraser’s response on Government breach of contracts

In No. 83 of the report the Auditor General Ms. Webster reported that the project is at a standstill and that the sheet piles that had been prepared in 2011 are still there on the job site and she recommends that Government must take steps to recover sums issued to the five petty contractors who did not complete work under the bulkheading contract.

However, according to Hon. Fraser this statement is erroneous as the facts are, following the 2011 General Elections that saw the National Democratic Party regime taking power “the contractors were served notice to cease all works on the project.”

Hon. Fraser whose Ministry of Communications and Works at the time was executing the project told our news room “as far as the deposit (mobilization) is concerned, these contractors all have contracts, and I am sure there are procedures, legal and otherwise when terminating ones’ contract, if that is their intention.”

Hon. Fraser, the man who most have concluded will be the next Premier of the Virgin Islands reminded the public of the current Premier‘s response to a question in the HoA on another projected stopped by the NDP Administration; Premier Smith said, “non-performance by the Government of the Virgin Islands for their contractual obligation under the properly executed contracts has resulted in a breach of contract by the government of the Virgin Islands.”

In other words, if the government stops a project then the Government of the day is in breach and contractors could take legal actions against the government therefore no mobilization needs to be paid back. In fact the Auditor General failed to educate the public as to who must pay; in this case it is the Government and not the contractors.

Two different matters - Earl P. Fraser’s Application and Government’s project

In No. 33 of the report the Auditor General (AG) claims that there was an application for Earl P. Fraser of Hannah Reclamation Limited to lease the seabed on the western end of the habour adjacent to Parcel 105 Block 2736C. Ms. Webster also went on to say that contracts were to engage bulkheading the west side of the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour.

However, Hon. Fraser scoffs at this insinuation. He told us in an exclusive interview that the two events were independent of each other, “one is private the other is government, whereby government is doing the bulkheading only as all the bulkheading including at Parcel 105 as mandated by Cabinet. Note the play on words here to create the impression that one thing has to do with the other….what is the point in mentioning the applications made by Earl P. Fraser for the Western End of the Harbour? The applications were to install 2 jetties attached to Parcel 105 Block 2736C in which is part of the Western Side of the Harbour was to be bulkheaded by Government.”

Hon. Fraser clarified the matter by reminding us that the Earl P. Fraser lease application was for jetties, the petty contracts were for bulkheading. “They had nothing to do with each other” he told Virgin Islands News Online.

No evidence that Hon. Fraser’s brother got special attention

In No 76 the AG Report claims that all of the funds applied in 2011 ($335,706.30) were focused on bulkheading the west end of the harbour, which included but was not limited to an area owed /leased by Mr. Earl P. Fraser of Hannah’s Reclamation.

Again Hon. Fraser who was Minister at the time of the project strongly refuted that statement in Ms. Webster’s report. 

He said, “there was never a focus on the West End of the Harbour”…the accurate statement here would be “all of the funds applied in 2011 ($335,706.30) were focused on fabrication Pile Panels and Piles for the bulkheading of the West Side of the Harbour which included but was not limited to, and areas owned/leased by Hannah Reclamation.”

Hon. Fraser the popular veteran legislator reminded the public that the project was mandated by the Executive Council/Cabinet and that reference to ‘West End’ is wrong and borders on the malicious because nothing that was done points in that direction. The West End was prepared as the project’s staging area including fencing as this area will be the last to get bulkheaded by virtue of its use. The area according to Hon. Fraser belongs to Hannah Reclamation and Glanville Fraser.

High cost of project

Another issue that raised concerns in the AG report was in No. 46, in which Ms. Webster wrote that although the preliminary design and overall principle was approved by Executive Council/Cabinet in 2002 the details were not presented to the body. This is essential she wrote as the estimated cost of the project has expanded.

When told this Hon. Fraser described her statement as “ridiculous” as he said the Executive Council at the time never approved a cost for the project. He said the consultancy on the project AR Potter was hired to convert the Smith Arneborg Conceptual Design into a Design Development Set. “They were not hired to price the project...there were no working drawings to work from and neither were they competent in pricing the project,” Hon. Fraser said.

It is unclear if the report will be debated today at the HoA sitting that the Opposition has already described an illegal session.

Many residents have already dismissed the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Project report as just a political attack on Hon. Fraser and a sign of the current Administration’s desperation to say in power and view this as pay back for the damaging Ports Development Auditor where by the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor General detailed corruption, conflict of interest, no one looking out for the tax payers and suspicious spending.

47 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Hon Julian Fraser dismisses Report on SCB Project”

  • lmao (11/09/2014, 09:44) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
    • @ lmao (11/09/2014, 11:36) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      you the one desperation to stay in pwoer so scatter with your cocka-may may
  • strppps (11/09/2014, 09:45) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
    Go sit down with this Pi$$
  • Yes (11/09/2014, 09:55) Like (25) Dislike (46) Reply
    Thank for clearing the air Mr. Fraser we with you still all the way
  • facts (11/09/2014, 09:58) Like (21) Dislike (47) Reply
    Go get them Fraser. VINO good job as usual. Thank God for you.
  • qc (11/09/2014, 10:01) Like (19) Dislike (47) Reply
    either Fraser or the UK must save the BVI from another four years of NDP
  • the rock (11/09/2014, 10:05) Like (20) Dislike (40) Reply
    The NDP desperate attempt to stay on power is unbelievable!
  • rattie (11/09/2014, 10:09) Like (27) Dislike (44) Reply
    The NDP held the Auditor General in such low esteem during the cruise pier corruption report. They love her all of a sudden...Set of wicked hypocrites if you ask me
  • TurtleDove (11/09/2014, 10:12) Like (26) Dislike (45) Reply
    Ha ha the NDP playing ‘I got you now’ but the hard truth is this will not help them we still voting for the VIP all the way and Frazer the liberator
  • thief (11/09/2014, 10:14) Like (9) Dislike (18) Reply
    I see the blue site stealing VINO’s commentators screen nanes so they could full up the site with phony blogs against Fraser but we up to all their tricks
  • Yes (11/09/2014, 10:25) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok ndp got one in ha ha next!
  • mother hen (11/09/2014, 10:44) Like (9) Dislike (47) Reply
    Well NDP this is a wish hunt against Fraser because it’s now known he will be the next Premier so you have gone after him in a dirty way. But neither Myron, Mark nor Orlando is in Fraser's league with this nonsense.
    • Yes (11/09/2014, 11:55) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
      LMFAO... you just too much. Surely you live in a dream world. Your own dreamworld, a nightmare to the rest of us. Your comments that nobody is in the league of Fraser with this nonsense, is quite correct when you say, "this nonsense". Only Fraser can really be the shape shifter with this kind of corruption. I applaud you "Mother Hen" at least for getting his corruption right.
  • Virgin Son (11/09/2014, 10:47) Like (15) Dislike (15) Reply
    All this is doing is the NDP POT calling the VIP KETTLE BLACK.
  • pat (11/09/2014, 10:53) Like (32) Dislike (20) Reply
    Poor MVW he probably called an emergency meeting with his paid bloggers and others from his team at the moorings and is busy now trying to spin the facts Fraser presented….Can’t wait for the next elections boss
  • polo (11/09/2014, 10:56) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ok Dr. Smith hires his wife, Fraser hired his brother but we trust Fraser over Dr. Smith so we still going make Fraser Premier and get rid of Orlando BAM
  • Wellsah (11/09/2014, 11:01) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    VINO good job as always and an objective and balance story.. Be careful, now the blue site and Mark and Myron do not say John Leonard wrote the story…Long Live VINO or else so much of us would have been in the dark!!!!!
  • facts man (11/09/2014, 11:03) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    What going save fraser in this is he has credibility with the people unlike Dr Smith mark and Myron
  • she the cat mother (11/09/2014, 11:07) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    More NDP Smoke Screen it was the Governor who said the allegations of corruption in the Ports project are serious that is what we want to hear about yall
  • voter (11/09/2014, 11:22) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    Jump high jump low we still want Fraser for Premier.....Heck YESSSSSSSS
  • Village Girl (11/09/2014, 11:30) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    i just read the SCB report and its much to do about nothing Frazer you have nothing to worry safe
  • ccc (11/09/2014, 11:49) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    Good going fraser you the man do not mind the noise
  • Liat 521 (11/09/2014, 12:07) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Lawd ah mussy see how the government trying to hoodwink and Bamboozle the ppl trying to shift attention at least no one could say Frazer corrupt with this report…reading the blue NDP site I waz snoozing wid dem hog wash chatting nonsense
  • Scary Mary (11/09/2014, 12:29) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I just hope Governor Duncan will look into ALL recent past AND present projects and let the taxpayers know exactly who we can and can't trust. My head is spinning with all the "he said, he said" going on! I don't trust any of them anymore!
    • Yes (11/09/2014, 17:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      yeah let him look into the Greenhouses, BiWater and Seacow's Bay Harbor-project, he gonna be busy for the 4 years he is here.
  • xxxxxxxx (11/09/2014, 13:22) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    While I am disappointed in this I must say I still believe the VIP with Julian Fraser is still the best hope to lead the BVI
  • John wayne (11/09/2014, 13:28) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Records Missing For Sea Cows Bay Harbour Project - Probe Uncovers; Appears To Be Private Project Financed By Gov't
  • in the news (11/09/2014, 13:56) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Check the NDP platinum site mehson them paid bloggers all over Fraser
  • support (11/09/2014, 14:01) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. fraser you still have the suport of the VIP stay focus ALL THE WAY
  • we the people (11/09/2014, 15:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let the man debate the report
  • one eye (11/09/2014, 16:03) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fraser in trouble boss
  • HMMM (11/09/2014, 16:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    pro government online news site / sounds so silly. Is this the excuse you all come with. ITS LAME
  • she the cat mother (11/09/2014, 18:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    So glad Julian hit the nail on head and cleared his name
  • asura (11/09/2014, 20:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am pleased with fraser's explanation!
  • tretretrete (11/09/2014, 22:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i could careless about who in or out who good or bad this election is a spiritual on trust me if url kno wa good for the country get on url knees and seek god for the correct leader. no devil worshipers please
  • bam (12/09/2014, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser Save himself for now I am more convinced the vip made the right choice with him as leader
  • pic (12/09/2014, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser bouy the ndp thought they had you
  • truthfull (12/09/2014, 12:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I start believing that a lot of people in Tortola take self interest way above the truth, sad.
  • Yute (13/09/2014, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fraser still remain our god and hero

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