Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said his government is not ignoring residents’ complaints and constructive criticisms regarding issues such as job opportunities and the distribution of relief supplies following Hurricane Irma.
“I have heard your complaints and constructive criticisms of how we can improve our coordination and address the essential matters of reaching aid and support, shelter, and even job opportunities for residents,” he said.
“Know that as Government makes decisions; every minister has brought up your concerns. We are working to improve our response and also our communication to the public… Moving forward, my updates will now be in the form of a weekly brief with information from Government on important notices. It remains my honour to serve you, and I will continue to work diligently with my administration to restore the BVI.”
Premier Smith’s declaration that the complaints are being heeded comes days after a clergyman here in the British Virgin Islands, Bishop Ishmael Charles, publicly urged residents to stop criticizing the premier and other persons involved in the post-hurricane recovery process.
Premier Smith, in a statement yesterday, also noted that he is aware that residents’ lives have drastically changed as a result of the hurricane.
“The task before all of us – not just for elected officials, but also for public servants, the private sector, workers in our economy and even parents – will be a challenging one. It will require all of us to dig deep and demonstrate continuous resilience as we find ways to rebuild our territory. I acknowledge that all of our lives have drastically changed, but we must find the strength and willpower to do the urgent and necessary work to restore our islands. As your premier, I ask that every resident prepare themselves for the next three, six and 12 months to demonstrate our collective commitment and pride in these islands,” added Premier Smith.
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