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VI Gov’t seeking to terminate BVIPA MD; Board Chair to resign- Premier Wheatley

- said BVIPA Board Chairman Kelvin E. Hodge has opted to tender his resignation
In an update to the territory moments ago, May 11, 2022, Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) disclosed that the [British] Virgin Islands Government is seeking to terminate Ms Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA). Photo: Facebook/File
BVIPA Board Chairman Kelvin E. Hodge has reportedly indicated he will tender his resignation. Photo: GIS/File
BVIPA Board Chairman Kelvin E. Hodge has reportedly indicated he will tender his resignation. Photo: GIS/File
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said the legal and practical issues involved in terminating the appointment of the current Managing Director are being examined and updates in this regard will be forthcoming. Photo: Facebook
Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said the legal and practical issues involved in terminating the appointment of the current Managing Director are being examined and updates in this regard will be forthcoming. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In an update to the territory moments ago, May 11, 2022, Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) disclosed that the [British] Virgin Islands Government is seeking to terminate Ms Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

Further, Premier Wheatley said BVIPA Board Chairman Kelvin E. Hodge has indicated he will tender his resignation.

Ms Pickering-Maynard, along with former Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), was arrested by the US Drug Enforcement Administration at a Miami airport on April 28, 2022, on charges of conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine into the US and conspiracy to launder money.

Pickering-Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, was arrested the same day on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and is being held in Puerto Rico while he awaits transport to Miami to face the same charges.

Pickering to be fired; Hodge to resign

According to Dr Wheatley, the legal and practical issues involved in terminating the appointment of the current Managing Director are being examined and updates in this regard will be forthcoming.

The Premier also said he has been in communication with the Chairman of the Board, who is Mr Kelvin Hodge, and he has indicated that he will tender his resignation.

New Board to be appointed

“The term of the remaining members [of the Board] will expire within days and a new Board of suitably qualified persons will be appointed. This decision was not taken lightly; however, given the remaining concerns about security at the ports after the arrest of managing director Ms Oleanvine Maynard and the details of her activities described in the affidavit filed in US courts, we must refresh the board so its integrity is beyond reproach.”

Dr Wheatley also said the soon-to-be-appointed Board will be tasked with the appointment of an interim Managing Director while the recruitment of a substantive Managing Director is underway.

“I want to reassure you that the ports will continue to operate,” Dr Wheatley stated.

Premier to meet Governor & CoP on ports security

Meanwhile, Dr Wheatley said, regarding the security of the ports, he has scheduled an urgent meeting with Governor John J. Rankin, CMG and Commissioner of Police Mark Collins to discuss some of the security concerns and what measures can be taken to address them.

The Premier also said the National Unity Government will soon be coming to the public to explain its firm plans to improve governance in the Virgin Islands, along with plans to ensure the proper management of the society.

“In the meantime, we are proceeding with some immediate reforms that we believe are in the public interest,” Dr Wheatley said, before announcing the coming shakeup at BVIPA.

42 Responses to “VI Gov’t seeking to terminate BVIPA MD; Board Chair to resign- Premier Wheatley”

  • one eye (11/05/2022, 20:17) Like (75) Dislike (11) Reply
    We need to go to the polls we don’t want to here anymore we need fresh elections
  • Retired Law enforcement officer (11/05/2022, 20:51) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well Hon. Premier if you all want to get serious with security at the port, things upthere needs to change its about time you all create the Ports Security Police like Bermuda. Bill that police unit from strong, trained experienced BVI Belonger law enforcement ppl who can secure the ports properly and don't have Customs doing what they want upthere, same thing the Seaports ppl are hired they not trained in security or law enforcement.
    • @retired law officer.. (11/05/2022, 22:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You don't even need Port Police. But hire people with law enforcement experience..As it is now, it's a joke.. U do need a few serious young people in between to learn from the experience of the law enforcement folks...The hire clearly doesn't indicate a serious approach to port security..
    • get serious (12/05/2022, 10:33) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Retired Law enforcement officer
      "... trained experienced BVI Belonger law enforcement pp... " Because so far in this whole scenario belongers have proven soooo trustworthy.
  • musa (11/05/2022, 20:51) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great news
  • Greg (11/05/2022, 21:44) Like (42) Dislike (7) Reply
    Maynard and Fahie are going to be svelte when they come out of jail. No donuts, chips, ice cream, etc. They actually did them a favor because they look like they are eating themselves to death. Not trying to be funny, but true.
    • @Greg (12/05/2022, 13:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh yeah, they are going to. 1 slice of whole wheat bread, 1 boil egg 1 small container of juice and milk, coffee or tea and a piece of fruit ie apple or orange for breakfast.
  • Great Guy (11/05/2022, 21:49) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    While some are indeed corrupt, not all are. I support his decision. Country above self. Good going Mr Kelly.
  • So agree (11/05/2022, 22:01) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ports security is usually ex military, ex law enforcement. People with law enforcement knowledge and background.You can’t be playing when it comes to port security. Perfect example of just what went down.
    • Zoe will be a great Port MD. (11/05/2022, 22:45) Like (2) Dislike (22) Reply
      Give Zoe Walcott the Job. Then bring Pier park back under Port control like it use to be.. That's the right thing to do it was good when it was that way...We will have a no nonsense productive and an improved Port in all aspect...
      • @ Zoe will be a great Port MD (12/05/2022, 06:37) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
        Now you KNOW your comment makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE RIGHT???
      • Really (12/05/2022, 10:03) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
        Do you even have a comprehension of port management? This not a flipping fashion show.
    • @so agree (12/05/2022, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      100% correct, port security is a very serious thing and should be taken as such. You cannot be slipping when it comes to port security. Remember there are bad elements that may want to bring harm to your whole territory. Once they see how easy it is, they are going to slide right in. Do they even have a Cargo X-RAY MACHINE AT PORTS WHERE EVERY PIECE OF CARGO IS CHECKED ONCE IT COMES OF THE CARGO CONTAINERS? No man ports need to be cleaned up and get in serious order. You not with me on that, thank you for your service and time, You’re dismissed.
  • small island (11/05/2022, 22:03) Like (48) Dislike (7) Reply
    the place too small everyone knows each other; It’s best to bring in persons who zero ties to the BVI while working with our BVI team; make each employee schedule unpredictable, when them think they working port them down west end, when them schedule for west end the vG airport etc.
    • How did tbe COI miss this. (11/05/2022, 22:58) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      The Ports should have been a part of the COI corrupt investigation. How did they missed this...This is corrupt in every way. The Board, the head, the foot..All Rotten..Glad change is coming..
    • For God sake please (12/05/2022, 05:16) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
      Get someone from either, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, or Jost Van Dyke for our new Port Director, Tortola people seem to have Greed and corrupt Genes .Or Maybe Britain need to send someone...
      • @ For God sake please (12/05/2022, 06:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        So why was 9th District Rep asked to resign?

        You got to be from VG always complaining about being left out yet always being divisive.
    • To small island (12/05/2022, 07:44) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Too much people here already. What is wrong with you all? And where will the locals work? Not your country because if it was good, you would not be there.
  • News Flash (11/05/2022, 22:14) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    people all over the world in strategic positions can be corrupt: these post should be for 2 year period
  • No call No show (11/05/2022, 22:36) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I miss work for 3 consecutive days without leave I would be fired
  • @Port Police. U have a point. (11/05/2022, 22:39) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The hiring been very very poor for a Major Port...3 quarts have security experience and no interest, they just work for a salary..This too need an investigation...How did the COI miss this..
  • lodger (11/05/2022, 22:40) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Anybody found guilty of questionable, or worse, behavior, in addition to any punishment, should NOT get any severance pay OR PENSION.
  • One Board for all Ports. (11/05/2022, 23:13) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lets start doing things differently eliminate the old wasteful way. Our own kept failing us in the managing director role, try another race to lead for a two yr period in the first instance...I also think all boards should represent the diversity of our population going forward...Bring all Ports under one Umbrella, one administrative body like every other country does...
    • ... (12/05/2022, 23:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who ever is put in positions of power needs to be a belonger. Contrary to popular misconception, a belonger can be of any race and there are belongers of many races.

      Locals need to be put first.
  • lol (11/05/2022, 23:30) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Which other of Fahie’s boards will be taking a walk?
  • facts (11/05/2022, 23:31) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    Showada needs to go he and smurf
  • Cleaning up. (12/05/2022, 06:16) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next is the BVIHSA and BVIAA Board as well as SSB and BVIEC Board need shaking up. That Smith man who is residing in st Thomas running the BVIHSA Board need to go. As well as Patsy and Bevis. Cleanup, clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up, clean up, everybody do your share!! Some of those department heads, permanent secretaries etc needs to go.
  • But (12/05/2022, 07:41) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about Andy the Anchor?
  • Gju (12/05/2022, 08:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bevis...lol..running scared.
  • go fast (12/05/2022, 08:43) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    the feds dea need to take those go fast boats. After all they are bought using dope money
  • BVI tourist (12/05/2022, 09:54) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can you PLEASE get someone in there with 1/2 a brain who will finally allow USVI charter boat companies to bring in USVI day tourists? There have been so many ridiculous new fees & regulations put in place that we can't come. It's destroying your tourism business. Isn't tourism essentially your sole source of income?
    • @BVI Tourist (12/05/2022, 13:49) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      The fees and regulations are not new, they're just being enforced.
      • BVI tourist (16/05/2022, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        As my kids would say - that's cap. Before Covid, it was bad enough that tourists had to pay $75 per head just to enter. Now the charter companies have tons of new fees & mandates in the name of Covid that we can't come. Financially, USVI charter companies can't afford to sail to BVI. You're hurting your own businesses.
  • ha (12/05/2022, 10:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Greg; Funny! Ha! Ha!
  • Ggd (12/05/2022, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Give ms One stop mall the job for development.
  • confused (12/05/2022, 16:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why cant she just be fired?
    • Just US (12/05/2022, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Mr Micheal Donovan would be the perfect candidate to head up security at the port.


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