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‘Claude will be fired if he doesn’t deliver’ — Premier

Owner of Grace Consultants and Chairman of the Cruise Tourism Committee, Claude Skelton Cline.

Premier Andrew Fahie has assured that Claude Skelton Cline and his company Grace Consultants will be “fired” if they fail to deliver on the terms of their six-month contract with government.

The Premier gave that assurance at Thursday’s sitting of House of Assembly while responding to backlash received for awarding the $98,000 contract to Skelton Cline’s company.

Fahie said: “If he doesn’t produce, he’ll be fired. If he produces well then he’ll see. When you sign a man with a contract, if the deliverables don’t come, he in trouble” the Premier said.

“If they don’t feel that the deliverables are there whether it be Claude or whoever, they have to answer the call. I love him but he’ll have to go and sit down” added the Premier.

Premier Fahie also said his administration is transparent in issuing all government contracts. He backed that statement by noting that his government voluntarily publicized when it awarded the contract to Skelton Cline.

“It came out as a press release from GIS (the Government Information Service). It didn’t come out as a ‘shoo-shoo’ so that tell that we didn’t have nothing to hide” the Finance Minister said.

“As a matter of fact, I told all the ministers that what we’re going to do is; for every single one we hire — every consultant that’s hired, cause government can’t go without them — they’re going to bring the report. We’re going to file it in Cabinet and we going to bring it to light in this House because the people’s money is to be accounted for.”

Earlier this week, the Premier’s office revealed that the Andrew Fahie administration was the one who invited Skelton Cline’s company to submit a proposal to secure the aforesaid contract.

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  1. TurtleDove says:

    Show me the Project Plan with the deliverables and their costs. Also most contracts have a clause for termination, if it is not there and you fire him you eat the cost. That’s why the government needs a project management office. Every contract needs to be standardized even the bush cutting.

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  2. More lies says:

    Really now? Why wasn’t he fired with the neighborhood project? Oh yes! You all we’re working together on that one.

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  3. Eagle eye says:

    Claude ob**h stronger than Andrew own.if America couldn’t hold him its Andrew.

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  4. E Scott says:

    Please show us the contract and it’s targets and how those targets will be met. If you can’t you are clearly telling a lie and You need to be removed from office whilst the police investigate you for corruption.

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  5. Jack Tarr says:

    @Eable eyemail….u funny ?

  6. SMH says:

    100% Agreement! The Government needs a Project Management Division in order to be more efficient and transparent in giving accurate and sufficient accountability.

  7. CW says:


    let this man do his job. All these comments ASSUME HE DID SOMETHING WRONG WITH ZERO PROOF.
    How would you feel if everybody presumed you were bad at your job? And never gave you credit when it went well? You would not like it and complain. YET HERE YOU ARE HYPOCRISY STRUPE BEHAVIOR AND ALL. He just got there, let him work. All you have is IF IF IF IF IF! SMALL MINDS AT WORK IN THESE COMMENTS.

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  8. @CW says:

    Small minds but with the memory of an elephant. Claude now has to prove himself to regain our confidence. He messed up in the past so let’s wait and see if he will redeem himself. We all deserve second chances.

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  9. Concern says:

    Mr Premier! Mr Claude is just another foot soldier, you want another sagger like a the NDP? Is this the conventional government you ment? Would he be doing the work or will he surround himself with persons and take all the praise.
    You should not have to worry about firing him because in the first place HE should not have been HIRED.

  10. E scott says:

    Short memories

    Why Leave Detroit in such a hurry and Why does a man need to legally change his name. Dear BVI you get conned time and time again. When oh When is the Governor going to step in ?

    • Well, the short says:

      answer to your question is “never”. The UK isn’t really and seriously interested in establishing good governance in BVI. They just give the topic lip service.

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