CEO of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) Paul Bayley said he is concerned students, as well as Customs and Immigration officials, are still operating under tents now 10 months after the 2017 hurricanes.
Describing what he observed since arriving in the territory, the RDA boss said Customs and Immigration officers based at certain ports of entry in the territory are under tents using rocks to keep their paper documents from being blown away by the wind.
Bayley, who is no stranger to disaster recovery, said the RDA’s plan is now to tackle ‘one damaged school or building at a time’ and get persons removed from under tents.
“We are going to do something about it,” he told members of the media during his a site visit in East End on Thursday.
Here to help
Bayley said he took on the job as head of the RDA because he is interested in advancing the BVI’s recovery efforts.
He arrived in the territory on Monday.
“I have been involved in this kind of stuff before, and when I saw the advertisement [for the post of CEO], I saw it as a real opportunity to carry on,” he said.
Bayley has been described as a development expert who has worked as a civil servant, military officer, and investment banker.
He is also said to have worked in nations such as the Fiji Islands, England, New Zealand, Australia, and sections of Africa.
Notably, he also led the recovery in the Fiji Islands following a category-five cyclone that severely devastated those islands in 2016.
He will be leading the RDA’s five-year mandate to manage the territory’s recovery process set out in government’s recovery plan.
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