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Opposition Members boycott Ports Project opening

- both Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) & Senior Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie recently raised issues of lack of transparency & accountability regarding the Ports Development Project
Members of the Opposition were yesterday February 16, 2016 absent at the opening of Tortola Pier Park, the project which has been the subject of much discourse from Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over the past years. Photo: VINO/File
Festivities which were part of yesterday's February 16, 2016 Tortola Pier Park opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
Festivities which were part of yesterday's February 16, 2016 Tortola Pier Park opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Members of the Opposition were yesterday February 16, 2016 notably absent at the opening of Tortola Pier Park, the project which has been the subject of much discourse from Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over the past years.

The launch took place at Tortola Pier Park on Wickham's Cay where scores of persons turned up for the event.

As Government promised, there were no fireworks. However, it seems as the cost cutting measures were extended to mean no eatables at the opening ceremony, although bottled water was available for some.

Efforts to confirm with the two Opposition members whether or not they were invited to the opening ceremony were futile as they did not return calls or messages.

In a statement to the media some weeks ago Honourable Fraser said the Opposition will have no part in the Tortola Pier Park project given the many issues of transparency and corruption as alleged by a number of persons including former project developer Hugh E. Darley.

In a statement to the media on January 22, 2016, Honourable Fraser said the Opposition will have no part of the Tortola Pier Park project nor the Premier's proposed “farce of an investigation.”

“... and I hope the people of this territory can agree with me when I say that you cannot investigate yourself and claim that your government is committed to the highest standard of transparency and accountability, as it relates to the development of this project,” he said.

Hon Fraser added that for the Opposition to accept this will be a travesty tantamount to sanctioning Premier Smith as Judge Jury and Executioner.

He said in the statement that the levels of public spending for the project requires the highest levels of scrutiny “if at all [the Premier] is serious about living up to the Agreement he made with the Protocol For Effective Financial Management which he signed on April 23rd 2012 with the British Government, committing his Government to delivering goods and services to the people of this territory exercising full Transparency, and Accountability with the assurance of Good Governance.”

Speaking with this news site recently, Honourable Fahie suggested that while the Ports Development Project is a good one, its execution demonstrated lack of transparency and accountability.

He noted that it isn’t every project government has done is bad and that the ports project is one of the good ones, however, he believes the problem people have with some of the good projects is the lack of accountability.

“That seems to be one of the underlying factors with a lot of the projects that cannot be completed by this administration,” Honourable Fahie had said.

49 Responses to “Opposition Members boycott Ports Project opening”

  • Ah Luv it (17/02/2016, 10:15) Like (30) Dislike (6) Reply
    Them had a right! Boycott it r@$$ yes!
  • Fair (17/02/2016, 10:16) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply

    I think Fahie's comments in this article are as fair as you can get.

  • Nawman (17/02/2016, 10:16) Like (15) Dislike (24) Reply
    Its a needed project and despite all the talk of Thievery send somebody jail later but you guys should have go to the opening.
  • +++ (17/02/2016, 10:17) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    well sah look melee
  • hold your grounds (17/02/2016, 10:18) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    All those affiliated with this project need locking up.
  • Yes (17/02/2016, 10:21) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alot of people went to look free food and mehlay.
  • chad (17/02/2016, 10:52) Like (47) Dislike (45) Reply
    That's childish. Even though you might have your difference of opinion I never expected this. What ever happens you are still public figures. Who knows what the future holds for you guys, that cruise pier might fall under one of your portfolio. What will you do then? Although we don't agree with the what, why's, and how's you should have shown your face. Let the voters know that you are for the country and not selfish gains.
    • Hangman (17/02/2016, 11:25) Like (22) Dislike (38) Reply
      No class. A no class act by no class boys.
      In the annals of history this is recorded as a defining instance of self annihilation by a long ago party once known as VIP.
    • Whattt??? (17/02/2016, 11:30) Like (38) Dislike (0) Reply
      ….I guess I too fall in the category of child because I could not in all conscience to a party/opening for the cruise pier which veils with so many questions that the public is not getting answers to. It is call integrity and downright fed up!
    • Whatt (17/02/2016, 14:36) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
      I agree with you whole heartedly. This has nothing to do with being childish nor class. The opposition members are the voice of us the people. They have been disrespected, Fahie was told to go sit down. They were right not to attend the opening, its the principle of the matter at hand. I myself didn't attend. If a march is needed, that I will attend because I demand an independent audit!
      • the rock (18/02/2016, 02:30) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        well the whole of Tortola was out there yesterday, as Nick Friday would of say " mass in the place maboy" beautiful place one must admit!
    • Hmm (17/02/2016, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      Or maybe they both KNOW some things that they can't replay to the public right now.
    • @wow (17/02/2016, 20:43) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      It amazes me that you are more concerned about the Opposition's attendance than the project being $30 million dollars over budget & the NDP's refusal to answer questions about this in Parliament. The Oppo
    • @ wow (17/02/2016, 22:49) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      Four more years to push the BVI finally over the cliff. Corruption, mismanagement, a premier who doesn't know his left from his right, a party famous for mounting smear campaigns....NDP must go and I support the boycott 100%
    • @ wow (17/02/2016, 23:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      I have never seen ndp supporters so ignorant, negative and downright disrespectful to anyone who does not agree with coruption. Wish bad on everything and one who does not support the nasy wicked NDP but at the same time pretend that they love GOD and Country. They want us to believe that they’re a Christian society and so love the BVI and want what’s best for it. Always negative against who speak out, nothing substantial to offer except a bunch of ignorance and love for a NDP who continue to kill the country while they get rich and fat .
  • them Boys (17/02/2016, 11:03) Like (18) Dislike (60) Reply

    Them two poppy shows had a right to stay home, too F***in shame to face what
    they could have done.
    Nobody miss them dumb @$$ any how.

    • chupes (17/02/2016, 15:46) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      You an insect and you know that Fahie/Fraser had a right to stay dem behinds home. That is why you have to reason with swear words. You are just a paid weasel
  • i from here (17/02/2016, 11:06) Like (13) Dislike (27) Reply
    Jealousy is a BAD THING!
  • @ wow (17/02/2016, 11:06) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
    The lady with the bag or funny was NOT there so whats the big deal
    • @ i from here (17/02/2016, 11:35) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      Do you mean funny man? I would have boycotted too some one needs to be jailed
    • real lol (17/02/2016, 11:56) Like (19) Dislike (11) Reply
      So this you boycott? How about the hundred lunches catered by Moron's company. EVERYTIME you ate the lunch you became part of the corruption. You should have choose to abstain from that, then maybe this boycott would possibly have some true merit.

      We need all new politicians except for Marlon. Everyone else must go! EVERYONE!
      • dem say (17/02/2016, 19:09) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        A ten lunch is one thing, but this is millions of dollars not accounted for. Du you even CARE or is it your pockets that you really CARE about?
  • roll call (17/02/2016, 11:34) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wonder if Darley,s lawyers were there.
  • JACK BE STILL (17/02/2016, 11:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It had a handfull of ppl looking free food and plus they bring in from vg anegada and jvd so scatter dem had right to not show up
  • wize up (17/02/2016, 12:12) Like (8) Dislike (36) Reply
    and these two guys wants to be the leaders of this territory with such small minded principals: both of them were in office for many year as ministers as matter of fact fraser was responsible for communication and works and he did not but build a water plant for his district (very selfish minded)...VIP had the golden opportunity to develop the cruise dock: i guess fahe and Frazer did not show up because Hugh E Darley missed his flight into beef islands....two big hard seed man acting like kindergaren children( a loose will always be a looser)
  • Nice (17/02/2016, 12:16) Like (7) Dislike (28) Reply
    It was a day of celebration and positivity.
    Their absence contributed to the good vibes .
    No reminders of sore losers and do nothing waste of time.
    • @ nice (20/02/2016, 00:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you NDP paid bloggers are disingenuous and desperate, and as for Mark, I have not lost my mind yet. Why vote for someone that is rich?
  • Jill (17/02/2016, 12:46) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Which project Fahie's administration completed? If a person does not attend a function, why does it have to be deemed a "Boycott". Everyone cannot attend every function. Give the men the benefit of the doubt.
    • Queen Mary (17/02/2016, 14:08) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
      They were attending another event of " Shi**ing in my pants with envy".
      We have all been there but simply eat crow,put on our big boy pants and do the right thing.
  • Anstnest (17/02/2016, 12:53) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    Not to sopport any allegations of wrong doing but last evening I forgot to be negative for a while. Do you know how many Cruise Ship passengers/visitors who walked up and commended "us" for such a beautiful Pier and Island? Even today other passengers were talking about the location and our Island. I even got into the groove of things and asked them to come again. Really proud of Tola. The ambience over there is really good wish there were no "dark cloud" hangingover the whole thing.
  • .......... (17/02/2016, 13:27) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ndp must go bottom line!
  • HMMM (17/02/2016, 13:41) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    I also did not go to the opening because these PEOPLE continue to waste tax dollars.
  • one eye (17/02/2016, 13:50) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    I support the boycott 100%
  • Queen Mary (17/02/2016, 13:56) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    It is all about accomplishing for the people..
    It has nothing to do with egos. What did they accomplish and contributed to this historical occasion?
    Too bad. They missed out on an opportunity to represent as quality, dignified
    and respectful representatives.
    May they Rest in Peace.

    May they rest in Peace.
  • BREAKING NEWS (17/02/2016, 14:13) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
  • Buzz Bvi (17/02/2016, 16:38) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    How childish.
    These people are children not leaders.
  • ddd (17/02/2016, 17:03) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ndp is bad news
  • wondering (17/02/2016, 17:22) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    Why should I show up to the 2nd Opening of this outrageous disaster that only benefits a few? The project is unfinished, it's design is ugly. This waste of taxpayer money with no accountability did not need my support. Showing up making the "party" bigger, made those elected officials who squandered 10s of millions feel soooo nice. Me? I stayed home. Free food is not what I need from this government. But then I am not disingenuous, I am not coming to your party and eating and drinking and then talking behind your back. I am sorry I ever gave NDP a vote.
  • Pundit (17/02/2016, 18:16) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ralphie would have gone had he still been in the opposition. Was no fan of VIP, but he was a fair and balanced politician. You could still go even though you don't support how it was handled. They are still representatives of the people of the Virgin Islands. But I guess they wanted to make a statement, and that's fine I guess. No love lost. I agree it is over priced, but it is still nice. As a Virgin Islander, I am very proud of the place. For a while I almost forgot I was on Tola....
    • @Pundit (17/02/2016, 20:40) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
      Ralph play & fight with these guys to his detriment & the that of the VIP. So leave Ralph retired where he is. He was a poor leader.
  • qc (17/02/2016, 22:42) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    There is no well-thinking person across this entire world who would believe that there was shady deals went down with this project
  • Well (17/02/2016, 22:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I glad I went for those students who played the bells were excellent. I was looking for an encore.
  • link (17/02/2016, 23:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I too boygotted and did not wish to take the boat from VG
  • Lily Ann (18/02/2016, 10:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I dont care who came, who wasn't invite, who stayed home and threw a tantrum that they didn't achieved this ...... but the bottom line is ---- this Cruise Port is the BEST in the Caribbean ... none can compare .... and I've BEEN cruising so I see ports ...
    • wize up (18/02/2016, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ lily Ann: very good project and I have to agree with you: the boycott headline is very funny because the territory dually elected 15 persons on election day and of those 15 elected officials 2 choose not to attend the opening ceremony and we have this big headline speaking about boycott.... fahie & fraser not attending had no influence on the opening of the cruise project: they should stay home during house of assembly as well.....
  • Get Real (22/02/2016, 19:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I support the boycott as we have watched this government create an economic quagmire and crime infestation since 2011. the NDP have left our youths jobless and hopeless.

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