Premier Andrew Fahie has said files for the controversial Tortola Pier Park project have mysteriously gone missing — a problem he believes Mark Vanterpool could assist with if he is sworn into the House of Assembly.
Vanterpool was the minister responsible for the project when the NDP was the governing party.
“I welcome the presence of Mr Vanterpool in the House of Assembly as I believe there are a number of distressing issues with which he is ideally equipped to assist the territory as a minister of the immediate past administration,” the Premier said.
“One such issue is the accounting for tens of millions of dollars sunk into the Pier Park project for which the paperwork has conveniently vanished,” he added.
Premier Fahie made the statement on Sunday while announcing his appeal to Speaker of the House, Julian Willock, to swear in Vanterpool as the Fourth District Representative at the next sitting of parliament.
More about the Pier Project
The Vanterpool-led pier project was initially announced to cost $50 million. However, the amount of money spent on the entire project stands at $82.9 million, which reflects a cost overrun of more than $30 million.
Last year, while still serving as Works Minister, Vanterpool insisted that the project did not have a cost overrun. He said the initial $50 million estimate was an ‘incomplete assessment’.
He described the final project estimate as “fair for the development of this project”.
BVI Airways file deleted too
Meanwhile, files for the pier project is the second set of documents that Premier Fahie claimed has vanished since the end of the NDP’s tenure as government in February.
BVI Airways received $7.2 million from the former NDP government to commence direct flights between the BVI and Miami in the USA. However, the airline later laid off its staff, claiming that it needed more money to fly.
The funds have not been recouped nor has the promised flights commenced.
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