While admitting that he did not believe the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) could restore power quickly, Minister for Communications and Works Mark Vanterpool has joined the list of persons who are now congratulating the team.
BVIEC employees worked seven days a week alongside electricity workers from across the world to restore the power to the territory following last September’s hurricanes.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and his wife treated these BVIEC workers to an appreciation dinner at The Moorings over the weekend.
“I honestly have to say I did not have so much faith in them the day after Irma. When I saw what was there, I didn’t believe they could do what they had done. But they have worked miracles,” said Vanterpool while giving remarks at the event.
“I am happy that the Corporation hunkered down, and in a couple of months, we were back on track … Everywhere I go even those who were complaining at the beginning said what a marvellous job they had done, and I feel very happy for that,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, Governor Augustus Jaspert also expressed gratitude towards the BVIEC employees.
“I have overused the word ‘hero’ when I thank people but BVIEC are complete heroes and you should have been incredibly proud of what you achieved,” the governor told the electricity workers.
“The life of the islands has come back and got power and … what you’ve done has got us to where we are. Thank you and well done.”
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith also had some kind words for the BVIEC team.
He said despite the difficulties faced with getting additional linesmen to help complete the job, the country’s power was restored in “record time”.
“We know that the country was devastated but we are a people that are very resilient and we got back into getting our country fixed back, and leading the troupe was the BVIEC as usual,” he said.
“I want to congratulate you for your effort in getting the grid back up because … we all recognized the importance of having the power back up for the regrowth, rebuild, and the rebirth of the economy of the BVI.”
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