Governor John Duncan has been called upon to act on other issues where the government has fallen short on including not producing financial statements since 2011.
Hon. Andrew Fahie, Opposition Leader issued a statement today, March 17, where he spoke on the move by the Governor that he will be invoking Section 103 of the Constitution. This section allows the Governor to authorize an additional $800,000 expenditure to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).
However, Fahie said that there are more things to be done.
He said that, the Governor has announced that it is not proper to vacate his office in August of 2017 without resolving some of the bills developed during his tenancy. Funding of the RVIPF is a GREAT start. Here are a few others:
The House of Assembly has not received audited financial statements in ten years. This is a Constitutional issue that must be corrected before August 2017 and must not be left to succeeding Governors; the Attorney General and the House of Assembly have refused to seek a proper interpretation of what constitutes Conflict of Interest and what contracts would require the permission of the HOA prior to being entered into by members of the HOA.
This is a Constitutional issue that must be corrected before August 2017 and must not be left to succeeding Governors.
Further, at the Cruise Port Development Project, over thirty million dollars have been expended in excess of the amounts approved in the House of Assembly. This is a Constitutional issue that must be investigated before August 2017 and must not be left to succeeding Governors. No more parsing of words.
Also, Eight million dollars was diverted from loan proceeds approved by the House of Assembly for the East End/Long Look Sewerage project to the BVI Ports Authority without being deposited to the BVI Treasury or without proper approval. This is a Constitutional issue that must be corrected before August 2017 and must not be left to succeeding Governors.
Fahie said that, the people of the Virgin Islands will address the other political reckless decisions made by this Government at an appropriate time: The seven million dollars disbursed to the airline; the one million dollars spent on a three hundred thousand dollars wall around the high school; the implementation of a sixth form when absolutely nothing was in place for it to function; the sixteen million dollars from Social Security for road works that is still not properly accounted for.
Further, schools without sanitary supplies; the public library has now been closed for one year and to date the House of Assembly has not been given the budget for its relocation or the operational expenses required for its operations. There exist some unwritten words at the windows of the treasury of the Virgin Islands – NOTHING THERE!
- Source: BVIHotpress.com