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No analysis or audit! Over $1.3M spent on transportation assistance

No analysis or audit! Over $1.3M spent on transportation assistance

A transportation assistance programme engineered by the former Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was conducted without any proper analysis or without the benefit of a Cabinet-recommended audit, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has revealed. A stimulus package […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 10:52 AM /
COI report calls for wholesale review of BVI’s welfare systems

COI report calls for wholesale review of BVI’s welfare systems

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has called for a wholesale review of the BVI‘s welfare benefits and grants system. The report’s author, Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom said this should also include grants received from House of Assembly (HOA) members […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 AM /
Audit finds COVID-19 church grants inflated by over 600%

Audit finds COVID-19 church grants inflated by over 600%

An audit conducted on the now-dismantled VIP government’s 2020 COVID-19 assistance programme showed that grants awarded to local religious institutions were inflated by more than 600 per cent above the recommended amounts. This information was disclosed in the Commission of […]

by / on May 23, 2022 at 8:32 AM /
Timing of VIP’s good governance initiatives not a coincidence

Timing of VIP’s good governance initiatives not a coincidence

Commissioner of the now concluded Commission of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom, has found that the timing of good governance initiatives by the former Andrew Fahie-led government were not coincidental. In the COI report issued by Sir Gary, he shared […]

by / on May 20, 2022 at 8:22 AM /
COI: Suspicious that BVIPA instantly fires lawyer who flagged Patsy Lake rental

COI: Suspicious that BVIPA instantly fires lawyer who flagged Patsy Lake rental

Commissioner of Inquiry, Sir Gary Hickinbottom has found it suspicious that an attorney with the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) was sacked with immediate effect in 2019 after drafting a memorandum which addressed a potential conflict between the Port Authority’s Board […]

by / on May 12, 2022 at 9:18 AM /
COI report urges full audit, criminal investigation for EZ gov’t contract

COI report urges full audit, criminal investigation for EZ gov’t contract

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has recommended a full audit, and if deemed necessary, criminal investigations for government contracts with EZ shipping — the company hired in 2020 to use radar barges as part of the territory’s sea defences. […]

by / on May 5, 2022 at 7:25 AM /
COI Report: HOA grant distribution scheme legally arbitrary, unlawful

COI Report: HOA grant distribution scheme legally arbitrary, unlawful

Sir Gary Hickinbottom has concluded in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report that assistance grants distributed by members of the House of Assembly are done so in a legally arbitrary and unlawful manner. According to the Commissioner , there are […]

by / on May 3, 2022 at 12:55 PM /
COI Report: Skelton Cline’s contracts were false!

COI Report: Skelton Cline’s contracts were false!

In a scathing review of the work done by Pastor Claude Skelton Cline as a consultant for the current Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) found that his contracts were patently false and demonstrated serious dishonesty […]

by / on May 2, 2022 at 11:05 AM /
COI findings: High likely serious dishonesty took place in gov’t

COI findings: High likely serious dishonesty took place in gov’t

The report from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) has “firmly” concluded that “there is not only information that serious dishonesty in relation to officials may have taken place here in recent years, but it is highly likely to have taken […]

by / on April 29, 2022 at 12:46 PM /
Suspension! COI recommends BVI gov’t stand down for two years!

Suspension! COI recommends BVI gov’t stand down for two years!

Head of the now concluded Commission of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom has recommended that the BVI government cease to exist in its current format for at least two years. The recommendation is part of four overarching recommendations arising from […]

by / on April 29, 2022 at 11:09 AM /