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Stimulus recipients urged to submit statements on use of funds

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Beneficiaries of economic stimulus financing in the Virgin Islands (VI) are being asked to submit statements on how the funding provided was utilized. Photo: Internet Source
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) made the call during a May 26, 2021, update on current affairs in the territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) made the call during a May 26, 2021, update on current affairs in the territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Beneficiaries of economic stimulus financing in the Virgin Islands (VI) are being asked to submit without delay statements on how the funding provided was utilised.

Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) made the call during a May 26, 2021, update on current affairs in the territory.

Recipients of COVID-19 stimulus grants from the inception were asked to account for the use of the funding. This was relayed to them via a letter that accompanied their cheques.

“I want to remind the recipients of the various economic stimulus packages, that when they received the funds, they committed to providing statements to confirm how they utilised the funds provided and to provide data on the impact this funding support had on their ventures,” he said.

The premier pleaded with persons to not delay sending in the information, which he said will allow the ministries to close off the paperwork and complete reports to account for the monies given.

Updating of stats & record 

Hon Fahie informed that COVID-19 also “exposed a number of flaws and weaknesses within our systems in the BVI, in particular certain areas of reporting and statistics.”

He said some aspects of the government’s records were not up to date or were not being kept up to date, and one area where that was happening was the farmers and fishermen's register, which is now being rectified through the stimulus with information received.

“We recognise that the status of all these persons needs to be regularised in the system. The objective is not to stir up any blame game or to point fingers at any public officers but to finally get it right.”

Hon Fahie's said the objective also is to take what was learned and to strengthen the systems with the aim of building resilience towards future economic shocks and catastrophic weather and climate events.

29 Responses to “Stimulus recipients urged to submit statements on use of funds”

  • rewrsdffds (31/05/2021, 10:03) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    my stimulus report: I was awarded what amounts to 1 days average takings with that I paid off the "amnesty electricity bill" which monies I had previously used to keep staff housed and paid a stipend.
    Thats it, its all gone!
    Thanks for keeeping the lights on
    • time will tell (31/05/2021, 11:31) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Now, you do realise that once you say staff, they will be checking to make sure that NHI and SS are paid up to date and that said staff is not paid below minimum wage right?
  • Xxx (31/05/2021, 11:13) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
    We the people should not have to do this just some jealous rats causing confusion
    • Observer (01/06/2021, 18:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Listen at yourself. People here in general who have been benefactors of government funds over the years believe they have no reason to justify or prove how funds received were spent. Yes you do. It has always been a norm to provide evidence usually by way of bills/invoices. From the onset, you know it was a condition for the granting of stimulus funds. So, what's the issue. If you all were/are honest, there should be no problem in providing verification to the government. Better comply before the people force the government's hands.
  • AOC (31/05/2021, 11:38) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Mininter Of Fnance should not be blamed for providing the "stimulus funds". However, it is his duty and responsibility to the country, to see to it that all who received stimulus benefits under FALSE pretences pay the money back immediately. This was also a problem in the U.S., back in March 2020 when itlaunched its first COVID-19 PPP stimulus program. All kinds of U.S. businesses FALSELY took the government money but was FORCED to repay it immediately or face the consequences. Taking government money under FALSE pretenses is a crime and should be treated as such. So, either the recipents put up evidence as requested by the Finance Minister or return the people's money. Keep it would be wrong and cannot be allowed to happen.
  • WHAT!!! (31/05/2021, 11:46) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Does the Premier really think anyone is going to do this???
    • Hmm (31/05/2021, 15:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      why now suddenly with urgency?

      It’s hasn’t been 1 year and it’s a business decision to determine how fast you should spend based on your business strategy.

      Different strokes for different folks.

      Fix what you can in your business and save in case of necessity because it doesn’t look like they will do that again. Everyone should have & there be no complaints, no bad mind, no rushing.

      This is is why we can’t have nice things.

      People calling for a list instead of calling for widespread national grant & stimulus systems....check.

      Meanwhile we could get a Covid outbreak and have another lockdown imposed upon us at any day.

      Duh call for a better for yourself don’t be crabs in a bucket.

      I thought it was a good change of pace from the previous elite society wannabes to hear normal people getting assistance.

      Next time they will know what to do. Put the money into walls, planes, & unnecessary big shot contracts. Right?

      Plz don’t. One $120k contract can pay for 20 business BVI stimulus style or 100 people if they did it like the US. If the population is 40,000 and some of those being children & visitors... It would cost under 50 million to give across the board $1200.00

      Seems to me government has been overspending regularly instead of regular reinvestment in the community through a pool of funding for entrepreneurship and poverty reduction.
    • gfdgfdgfd (31/05/2021, 17:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • What Next (31/05/2021, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No he doesn't, but it means he can blame someone else
    • fdgdfgfdgfdg (31/05/2021, 22:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • wow (31/05/2021, 11:56) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    what were the requirements to receive stimulus in the first place?!?!?!
  • Precious (31/05/2021, 12:20) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's alleged that quite a few people though they've paid income taxes didn't get any stimulus checks and people with connections got stimulus money..just asking
  • Why (31/05/2021, 12:33) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    @ok .If you cannot be honest and professional, when taking public funds; then do not. You knew that an accountable report and records were due back to "Our" Government for the check received. It is not funny nor a joke.
    • reply from ok (31/05/2021, 17:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am honest and professional,the goverment said "AMNESTY" then we were offered $150 per month off if we gave them every detailabout our business and our employees, now not the government but the BVIEC..... I spent over $10,000 housing staff and payng them a stipend during the first 3 months due to the fact "amnesty" which means "FREE" elctricity but that didn't happens and it left me in the hole and then I had to lay off all my staff except 1 who could not get home and they were kept on till August even though there was no work. Don't tell me about accountability the government has fallen far short, learn to use your words properly...
  • Windy (31/05/2021, 13:14) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't forget to include monies spent for prostitutes and strippers
  • Changing the goal posts (31/05/2021, 13:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is not the use that is critical though perhaps necessary. It is that bona fides entities and persons received funds on adequately scrutinised applications.
    • @Changing the goal post (31/05/2021, 15:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yea and boy if anyone is THAT concerned about public funds are we lucky the business list didn’t leak.... money is money so they will apply but those big ones didn’t expect to be giving info for public consumption nor be publicly seen applying for their pocket change.
  • 2030 (31/05/2021, 14:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cart went before the horse as is always the case here in BWeeI. I wonder if COI being here had anything to do with this.
  • Easy (31/05/2021, 14:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    i bought a new stove $1500 a new fridge $2500 bed $800 gold chain $4500 paid a little rent $1500 =$10800
    $11000 remaind ill get some tires buy some food for the side thing.... smfh
  • Please answer (31/05/2021, 15:07) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was there a written agreement between the giver and the receiver concerning the monies received asking the recriver to submit the purpose for which the monies were used within a certin time afrer receiving the money..? . This request really seems strange..
  • annudda2cents (31/05/2021, 15:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    if this was not a requirement prior to granting the stimulus checks, then the recipients are not legally mandated to show proof of how it was used. with this said, i highly doubt many will even bother to do this. as a previous post said, "cart went before the horse".
    • Ive Spoken.. (31/05/2021, 16:09) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Mr. Premier, relax, take a deep breath, slow down, things are trending in the right direction, Next year this time our economy will be so good,, U will be vindicated and praised and re-elected....Simmer. it will be well with u. With us.
    • Okay then (01/06/2021, 06:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They signed an application to say the information provided is correct.
  • Hmm (31/05/2021, 17:38) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    everyone followed Patsy Lake and dumped the receipts
  • wow (31/05/2021, 18:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think you're a little too late Mr Fahie, you was to request this firmly before the list of stimulus came known to the public. Also what will be the penalty if i don't bring receipts or information? Nothing of course, the BVI is too slack.
  • Really (01/06/2021, 00:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This looks really bad to me. If the lists were kept confidential would people STILL be expected to account for the spending of the aide they got??? Or is the government embarrassed over the outcry of the community, and trying to pacify us? Could be me but I smell a fish!
  • Slavery (02/06/2021, 08:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is control in the highest form. Why dies people have to submit what they do with their stimulus? UK gave out billions of dollars are they requiring it’s populous to provide a statement of how the funds were spent? I mean come on, this is ridiculousness in it’s highest form. The VI peoples continue to struggle economically while UK expats laugh all the way to the bank and they are placing heavier burdens on the locals...Hod have mercy man!!
  • Why (02/06/2021, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ok. You are one of the few.
  • Angry Farmer/ Fisher (02/06/2021, 17:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the 2nd stimulus that was promise to farmers and fishers who did not received, in which honourable said so at a meeting held at the bvi high school. Im so upset because persons received and aint no farmer or fisher. Why made that statement and have us looking like a fool

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