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‘Waive tender process for WE Police Station!’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: VINO/File
The closed West End Police Station. Photo: VINO/File
The closed West End Police Station. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) senior member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said that Government should have considered waiving the tender processes for the repairing of the West End Police Station given the rise in crime and the importance of security not only to the First District but the Territory as a whole.

He was speaking on Wednesday February 4, 2015 during the airing of VIP’s ‘Let’s Talk’ radio show on ZBVI 780 AM. He pointed out that while the repairs to the Police Station would cost just in the thousands of dollars, people are seeing million dollar projects being financed in the Territory.

“I want to state clearly that no one is against the Police Station needing repairs…repairs and maintenance is not something that is done one time…it is an ongoing process and repairs for the Police Station in the First District, there were some repairs done under the VIP administration many times,” he said.

“The issue that I have is to know that these repairs here now needed to be done have been delayed for so long and three years into the ball game you are hearing that the Police Station is closed and closed for an extended period of time,” he said.

He noted that other projects that could have taken a backseat to the Police Station are being sped up. He said too that the functioning of the station is important for security in the District and in the Territory “given the rise in serious crimes although we are told otherwise.” He said that it is not becoming for a Government to have a Police Station closed for that length of time.

He said that it is not just the closure of the Police Station but how the whole issue has been handled by the current National Democratic Party (NDP) administration that is disconcerting. “Other solutions have been brought to the administration on what could have been done and they have been rejected and the station remains closed,” he said.

“I am of the opinion that to fulfill the tender process for this urgent project is one time that you could see them waiving the tender process to have this project done of course with all of the checks and balances in place to make sure you have value for money,” said Fahie.

“You cannot have your Police Station paralyzed while people sit and see other projects done in the millions and [this] is just suffering for a couple thousands of dollars to get fixed,” he said.

22 Responses to “‘Waive tender process for WE Police Station!’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie”

  • EX (08/02/2015, 09:46) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie is on point again
    • Truth Sayer (08/02/2015, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      He is three years late. NDP is almost ready to let the contract.
      • 1 sit district (08/02/2015, 16:05) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
        the option to be thrown under the bus in an attempt to save demself because they hate Fahie

  • Yes (08/02/2015, 10:32) Like (21) Dislike (7) Reply
    I hope they do that and give it to an ndp supporting contractor, then you would hear more noise. That place needed repairs when Fahie was there last, what happened back then when he had full control?
    • @LOL (08/02/2015, 11:59) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
      You are such a liar & love confusion. Maintance is an ongoing matter. When Fahie was in government repairs were done on the police station so stop talking piddle.
    • wize up (08/02/2015, 18:33) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      both parties have their cronies; when VIP in power only certain persons do get contacts; when NDP in power only certain persons do get contracts(if the truth be told)....all political parties have their special interest groups (bvi is no different)...all I know, we need the police and fire stations back west end & I don't give 1-!uck who builds it ( just get the job done and stop with the political bull$hi!......stop fooling with the well-being of the virgin islands people !!!!! talk that....
  • ooooo (08/02/2015, 12:28) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    we all know that the NDP playing games....i only hope that its their last game
  • proud tolian (08/02/2015, 13:26) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The WE Police Station don't need to be repaired, it needs to be demolished. It is a very old structure built from the bayside sand and gravel of long ago. If we are to get value for money, we need to spend the money wisely. Putting plaster on the cracks and reinforcing the roof, walls and columns will not work because within another short period of time the whole building will deteriorate again and there WILL be a repeat of the same nature. Even the Bible speaks to the issue of putting new wine into old bottles. Please, let WISDOM prevail.
  • JACK BE STILL (08/02/2015, 14:59) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ndp hates the first district
  • ABC (08/02/2015, 16:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Tilford signed that $32 million dollar contract for the hospital project days before the election, he should have put aside one million for the Police Station.
  • rcc (08/02/2015, 16:44) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    After 4 years of NDP we need new brooms to sweep them clean.
  • Wow! (08/02/2015, 17:47) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    The best culture minister we ever had!
  • NoNeed (08/02/2015, 20:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    That place became obsolete when it was revealed by the US that an illicit drug business was going on under the noses of the Police in that station for about 13 years.
    People had no protection for all that time so why the urgency now?

    • answer (08/02/2015, 20:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The urgency stems from the fact that current and ongoing business and renewable business wants it as a police presence lends some degree of security, and having RVIPF as their eyes and ears in close proximity is a plus.
      • valuable (09/02/2015, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The "business as usual" interrupted for awhile, now to be renewed,and current "business" remains.
  • the bulider (08/02/2015, 20:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie gets an A plus for passion. That can be considered true love for country or he truly believes his way is the right way. ---I agree with proud tolian---building something new is a better investment.
  • chad (08/02/2015, 21:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really? Fahie is the same one who been criticizing the government for not tendering their projects but now it is ok to not use the tender process? Just because the project in his district? They should give the contract to Pope or Crabbe or MB or some other ndp supporter without tendering it. I bet Fahie have something else to say then!
  • weed (08/02/2015, 22:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    its a pity that after three long years the NDP does not understand the human misery of the 99%
  • C'Mon (09/02/2015, 04:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie has been in there now for 16 years (a Minister twice) and only NOW he has issue with the police and fire stations? Why was he not maintining these structures all along? He is blowing hot air and blaming again, his credibility is gone especially knowing what he did to his own running mates in 2011 elections!
  • bone man (09/02/2015, 06:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord, too much about the port project, its needed, its corrupt, we all agree on that. its now sound like we beating a rusty steel pan, its sounding monotonous. We have a lot of other serious issues need attention, like---work place issues, like firing, victimization and frustration ---the ineffectiveness of labour department. Our NHI. Our Pension plan. How to live on our minimum wage. tell us about these issues, these are really serious, moral, and social welfare issues.----I would like to suggest that companies operating in the BVI that makes in excess of a million dollars in profit annually have a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour and or its mandatory for them to contribute .0.10 percent of their profit to either the college or a school of their choice , and for those companies making in excess of half million but less than a million, their minimum wage be $6.50 per hour. All others $5.50 an hour.. Time to shift gear!
  • i from here (09/02/2015, 08:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Waive the tendering process ?????????

    You were complaining about this when NDP took this route on certain projects but because its a 1st district project you now want NDP to waive the tending process ???

    Why ??? because you have one of your cronies lined up for it ????

  • No bid (09/02/2015, 08:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Waiving the tender process means that selected (i.e. connected) contractors get to charge $ 99,999 without having to justify or explain their costs. Nobody is going to be charging "a couple thousands dollar" only. The purpose of tenders is to keep everybody honest.

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