By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has named the First Electoral District as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the $65 million government is borrowing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for hurricane recovery.
The announcement comes amid claims that government has been neglecting the First District, which Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie represents.
Nearly $10 million of the $65 million-loan has been set aside for the district, so far.
According to the Premier, more than $4.5 million of the funds will be used to repair Carrot Bay’s deplorable roads and its sea defence wall.
The Premier said $5 million will then be allocated to the Road Town and West End ferry terminals on Tortola. He said the West End terminal will absorb about $4 million of that cost.
Both Carrot Bay and West End are First District constituencies.
Another $4 million will be used to develop a new building for the Department of Disaster Management, while $8.75 million is being dumped into the education sector.
“Those are the large numbers. There are many other projects including sewerage and everything which have smaller numbers… Sewerage has a large number but in different packets. I don’t want to mention that. But, [there are] many other things [such as] roads here and roads there that needs to be fixed,” the Premier said at a media conference yesterday.
The Premier’s overview of how the monies will be spent comes at a time when Opposition Leader Fahie demanded an expenditure breakdown of the $65 million-CDB loan.
The Premier said a more detailed breakdown of the funds will be released at a later date.
Fahie was among the few parliamentarians who voted against approving the loan during a sitting of the House of Assembly last December.
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