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Ministries renamed & portfolios reassigned under Wheatley Gov’t

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Natalio D. Wheatley and Deputy Premier Hon Kye M. Rymer. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull along with Minister of Health and Social Development Marlon A. Penn. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull along with Minister of Health and Social Development Marlon A. Penn. Photo: GIS/VINO/File
Hon Sharie B. de Castro now has a reduced portfolio and the Ministry is now simply renamed; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports. Photo: Provided
Hon Sharie B. de Castro now has a reduced portfolio and the Ministry is now simply renamed; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In another shake-up of the National Unity Government made up of a coalition of three political parties (Virgin Islands Party, National Democratic Party, and The Progressive Virgin Islands Movement), further changes have been made.

The coalition Government has renamed the Ministry of Natural Resources Labour and Immigration to just; Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour. 

The new Minister, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has been stripped of Immigration and that is now the responsibility of Premier Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

Additionally, Social Security and National Health Insurance have been taken away from Hon Turnbull and returned to the Ministry of Health and Social Development, under Hon. Marlon A. Penn (R8).

Hon Rymer has big portfolio

There will be no more Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities, instead, the Deputy Premier Kye M. Rymer (R5) has a new title as the Minister for Communications and Works. 

With his additional subjects, he will now be responsible for the Airports and all Sea Ports in the territory. He will also have oversite of Telecommunications and Electricity, which includes the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and the BVI Electricity Corporation.

Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) now has a reduced portfolio and her Ministry is now simply renamed the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports.

Premier took more subjects

The new Premier took with him in the Premier’s office; Agriculture, Fisheries, Veterinary matters, along with Food and Food Security, which were subjects previously with his old Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries, and Agriculture.

Dr Wheatley also holds the portfolio of Minister of Finance which includes the financial services sector, Banks, Insurance, the Post Office, and Treasury amongst other departments.

All subjects are assigned by the Premier and Ministers in the Westminster system and serve at the pleasure of the Premier.

43 Responses to “Ministries renamed & portfolios reassigned under Wheatley Gov’t”

  • tell me (12/05/2022, 20:10) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    So, Melvin Mitch Turnbull gets no ministry?
    • @ tell me (12/05/2022, 20:50) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did you read?
      • smdh (13/05/2022, 08:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        I don't think they did. So them quick to post and not read thoroughly.
    • @4 Responses (12/05/2022, 21:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Natural Resources and Labour.
    • Slim Jim (13/05/2022, 00:00) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      "The coalition Government has renamed the Ministry of Natural Resources Labour and Immigration to just; Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.

      The new Minister, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has been stripped of Immigration and that is now the responsibility of Premier Natalio D. Wheatley (R7)."

      The article simply says that the Ministry (still run by Hon. Turnbull) has been reorganized and renamed. He is still the minister.
    • PLEASE READ (13/05/2022, 07:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mitch was already assigned as the Minister of Natural Resources and Labour. It's mentioned immediately below their photo.
  • waste of time (12/05/2022, 20:10) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    How long did it take these great minds to think that up?
    • So Simple, Personality matters (13/05/2022, 02:11) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Mitch is the best man for health., Marlon is the best man for Ports, Labour, NHI, Social security.,, ".Labour, NHI, Social Security are all connected systematically and realistically and should be under one Minister ". .You really need to go back to the Table., Maybe you can relief yourself of environment and add that to Kyle,, You can also relief yourself of sports and youth affairs and add that to DeCastro .I totally agree with you taking Immigration. ..I'm not a fan or friend of anyone, I'm a realist, I just want to see what we have work and work properly..
    • Crazy joe (13/05/2022, 08:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Shuffle the deck to bamboozle the mugs.
    • Rubber Duck (13/05/2022, 08:40) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
  • Xxx (12/05/2022, 20:16) Like (37) Dislike (10) Reply
    Showada acting like foy with all those subjects
  • Entrepreneur (12/05/2022, 20:26) Like (13) Dislike (30) Reply
    loving it! I’m hopeful and faithful Wheatley & Rymer will
    do a fantastic job while the others doing a great job as well due to proper leadership….
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (12/05/2022, 21:03) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can't you not recognized what has already began to happen among the so-called unison government?
    Maybe many of you don't, but man's and I do. It, the so-called unison government is already began to breakup.
    You may why so quickly?
    Answer: in one word only, disunity.
    First of all, it wasn't wisely formed. I hate to say, though, the UK is partly to blame, but not close as our local political leaders are. Yes the UK is trying to help, but as long as our leaders are allowed to have their way approved to suit political aims, unity is no more than a puff I'm the wide opening air, and more so wishful thinking, nothing more, nothing less.
    For instance, if you were to have two pieces of magnets, the can be brought together depends on how you position them, but if you were to position them wrongly, they would push away From each others, politicians of different views are no different, failed efforts in progress. Direct rule for in the British Virgin Islands, if handled correctly by the UK government, for a limited time, eighteen to twenty-four months, there about, will work better, in spite of racist preferances, and regional oppositions pushback, will position us more quicker to our goal, better, much, much, better governmental leadership, and closer relationship with each others. This can happen, if we distance ourselves from selfishness against the God given rights of our neighbors best interest.
    My honest opinion, and true conviction have been openlyexpressed, whether you like or dislike.
    • Why @Native Senior (13/05/2022, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why Native Senior, Because you proclaim that it will work better with the UK ruling us? The same support UK can give under a suspended constitution to make us better they can give with an elected government!!
  • Rubber Duck (12/05/2022, 21:20) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need to go to the polls this government is not legitimate
  • Ya see (12/05/2022, 21:21) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just a set of foolishness dem doing trying to keep the secrets of the little Nate isles under the rug , meanwhile pushing their hands further in the Ants nest. Your Proposal to the UK has not yet been approved or rejected but you up and down making changes, signing big contract for Elevator, this elevator mussi have gold handles. It’s just too expensive at this time. And while you doing all this the Governor trying to send you and others HMP. Be careful young man take your time , don’t let this power thing get to your head.
    I know Gov Rankin ain’t studying y’all at all. Best he just suspend the Constitution and make a clean sweep for 2 yrs and give us the food on a clean plate.
  • Really (12/05/2022, 21:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guys don't get too comfortable.
  • I Tell you..... (12/05/2022, 21:57) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    So you all sat there and knew this was wrong and now you come to put thungs back to its rightful ministries. This shows you all are followers and couldn't even stand up to Andrew with the bull just for power. Come on. You're a weak leader with no balls.
    Please give me a break. Something is wrong stand up and say it's wrong, even if you are alone. Hmmm
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (12/05/2022, 22:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have you taken careful notes,as many and I have, that did took only about one week for the current Premier, Hon Dr. Natalio Sajande Wheatley .to exposed to us the disunity of the so-called unison government that he leads. I am not surprised, though many of you, and others are.
    It is not difficult to understand. We are unable to fix our own internal problems without outside help, especially the UK's help. We are an overseas territory under the UK' leadership whether we like it or not. We are not United.
    Why not?
    We are too selfishly disunited against each others best interest. We painfully enflicted ourselves, and our neighbors for selfish material gains, illusionary thinking that by so doing, in the eyes of others, that would elivate our status in the eyes of the rich, and the famous so-called celebrities craving status, no matter the cost.

  • tolaman (12/05/2022, 22:25) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    So wait!!!!! What kind of message you all sending here? You all just form a NEW mix government, give people position, and start to shuffle people? The voters have NO say, in this mixed government, and you all seems starting to quarrel and fight behind closed doors??? How you going to give a post/department/position/minister last week and take it back this week? You all confused. Wheatley is the new Fahie (Foy) grabbing more than he can chew??? Why he want more responsibility so quick??? Wrong message to the People, Governor, and the UK. This is hard to swallow and understand. The hammer going to fall, and fall hard.
  • Secret Bear (12/05/2022, 22:30) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wow, I can definitely tell they’re serious about fighting decades of corruption.
  • Stupes (12/05/2022, 22:32) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    They sat there and allowed all sorts of nonsense and now they are reshuffling. They took office and saw it fit to change everything without considering if it made sense or not, now they are spending time walking backwards.
  • Peonia (12/05/2022, 22:45) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Wheatley you cannot handle so much portfolios, you are going to crash ,give others the chance too.
  • Listen (12/05/2022, 23:30) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sowande don’t go into this thing fighting with Mitch. Let him try just like all of you. Give him due respect regardless of any differences. Get it together
  • Well Well (13/05/2022, 00:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are they doing this?
  • asking for a friend (13/05/2022, 01:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why he holding on to fisheries?
  • One more change needed.. (13/05/2022, 01:53) Like (6) Dislike (17) Reply
    Mr. Premier appreciate your will and your courage Ur really trying to make things right, The one and most important move we need is to have Marlon as Deputy Premier, no way in history in a coalition govt one Party had or has the two top positions, it doesn't bring the proper balance,..I would have also like to see Marlon incharge of Ports and Labour, NHI and Social security a new face in all these trouble areas,, Both you and Kyle Mr Premier are complicit in all these failures, you all were part of the power and the decision making structure and refused to do you all Job without fair and favour, hence we ended up where we at...Also, Give Mitch health ..I like the fact that you the Premier took Immigration, I honestly think you are the right one to fix that broken system...Thank you .
  • unconventional (13/05/2022, 03:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    No more unconventional Gvt... As we were , back to square one .(smile)
  • Citizen (13/05/2022, 03:27) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    If all of you cannot register your interests on time, then all of you should resign! Disgusting and disgraceful.
  • Final Analysis (13/05/2022, 05:31) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Has anyone noticed that the Hon? Premier has softened his tone towards the UK? He is diplomatic when using the word " decolonization" or any like word or even when speaking about the threat of the UK's direct rule The UK is now a "partner", not the "enemy". I am not criticizing the Hon. Premier given the precarious situation he is in. This is just my observation and may not be so. I must conclude, but he has shown a lot of maturity within the last few days.
    • Final Analysis (13/05/2022, 08:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The question mark that appears after the word Hon in my opening sentence does not in anyway mean to question the integrity of the Hon Premier but was purely an error.
  • lipstick on a pig (13/05/2022, 05:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shuffling the marked cards changing your job titles and the headed note paper is just another decoy and more unnecessary expense ,stand down.
  • The Right (13/05/2022, 05:37) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is how you show Britain that you are serious about addressing and fixing the problems. How nice it would be if Marlon and Wheatley shows up at the press conference or at the Governor as Premier and deputy, then the seriousness of change and reform will be taking more seriously. But to have both members of the alleged corrupt government represent the BVI in a unity set up. Ain a good and serious look.
  • bvibuzz (13/05/2022, 08:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    They got rid of those close to Andrew, like cavin, Willock and Vincent

    The world is a circle Showada your time will come!
  • …. (13/05/2022, 08:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Flax should have gotten tourism and caines trade… make da switch Premier.. put ppl where they strengths are
  • Commentator (13/05/2022, 08:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • lodger (13/05/2022, 10:27) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    No matter how much you shuffle the deck chairs, the ship is still going to sink.

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