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Dr Wheatley sworn in as the BVI’s official Deputy Premier

Dr Natalio Wheatley has officially been chosen and sworn in as the Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands for the remainder of the Virgin Islands Party government’s current term in office.

The announcement was made at an official informing ceremony at the Stickette in Long Look on late Friday.

“Today on the 7th of August, the day that is my birthday, I am pleased to announce that Honourable Dr Natalio Wheatley is now sworn in as Deputy Premier as this government continues to work together to take this territory forward in the interest of all,” Premier Andrew Fahie stated during his speech.

“I know that he would do an excellent job because he would get the support of all of us, his colleagues. There is a lot of work to be done and I look forward to the expertise in a dynamic way from each person to be able to tackle these issues,” Fahie added.

Wasn’t an easy decision

Premier Andrew Fahie said the decision was not an easy one as each minister excelled while serving in a temporary Deputy Premier post when they were being rotated for three months at a time.

“Giving portfolio ministers a chance at the Deputy Premier seat is to ensure each link in this government’s chain is strong. The temporary appointment allows for each minister to get the experience and ensure that they develop in all areas of government,” Fahie stated.

Added responsibility won’t take away from duty to constituents

Meanwhile, Dr Wheatley who was the first of the ministers to serve in the temporary post of Deputy Premier in March 2019, thanked the Premier for making the investment in him.

He also informed his constituents the added responsibility will not take away from his duty as a representative, and further said he plans to take his new role very seriously.

“I want to let the persons of the Seventh District know that this position that I have received will not make me work any less hard for your interest,” he said.

“None of these titles mean anything if the people are suffering and these titles are not just for our own self aggrandisement, it’s not for us to exalt ourselves over others. These titles are really placing a heavy responsibility on our shoulders to be able to serve others, and that’s what leadership is about,” Dr Wheatley further said.

The Deputy Premier in the previous NDP government was also Representative of the Seventh District.

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  1. Lol. says:

    This has to be a joke.

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    • Where says:

      Where do they get these Doctor titles? Perhaps it’s one of those schools you find on match book covers that you send away for. Same place the island clergy get ordained.

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  2. YES AND YES says:

    CONGRATS HONORABLE WHEATLEY. GREAT CHOICE, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND GUIDE YOU. THANK YOU.

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  3. I predict says:

    VIP will be re-elected into office next election. Easy win.I am so elated the Premier made this decision.

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  4. YOUTH says:

    VIP ALL THE WAY

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  5. Ausar says:

    Congrats, Sowande!!

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  6. IslandRodent says:

    I guess belongers are excited simple xenophobe because he’s called Doctor #rollseyes

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  7. Roll eyes says:

    They soon out anyway so this doesn’t matter. I’m still waiting on my true grades from you at HLSCC by the way. I know that you don’t mark those test papers.

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  8. Political Intelligence says:

    So what heppen to the other VIP sitting members? Why they were not given a chance to be Deputy Premier?

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  9. Wendy/JVD says:

    Natalio Wheatley, welcome to ‘the pressure seat.’
    Perhaps you may have the strength and compassion to confront the following crisis:
    We have NO RUNNING WATER OR ANY PLACE IN LITTLE HARBOUR TO GET ANY…SINCE IRMA!!!! This temporary, post Irmaria, dangerously moldy, fiberglass shedding dome has long been (2 yrs) plumbed for water hook up . The street pipe is 10 feet away! Nobody from government has ever returned to hook the water up. Why is Housing Re-build making us suffer??? The electrical box is on the pole, ready to hook across to the long time all wired dome. Still no electricity. Why are you denying us these basic rights to survive????(I’ve implored to the current administration) WHY???
    Would YOU, Andrew Fahie and Carvin Malone like to bathe in the ocean for the next 4 years?????
    And Andrew A. Fahie claims to “Serve the people.”
    CERTAINLY not us here on JVD!
    We are still living like cavemen here in the parking lot of a restaurant in Little Harbour.
    We need WATER!!! NOW. It’s been 4 years without water!
    Perhaps you may help us?

    Sidney & Wendy Hendricks
    JVD, BVI
    345-0563

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    • Replying Wendy /JVD says:

      Wendy are you not legally married to Jojo anymore?You need to stop trying to use jojo to your advantage. Haven’t you divorced jojo for nany years? Jojo is not ****** stable. Why are you using jojo? …

    • To Wendy says:

      You are a disgrace to the BVI. You intend not to work. You intend not to do anything for yourself. You need to go back to America with your family. We understand they keep asking you to come home. Please go now.

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  10. JVD Reality... says:

    Natalio Wheatley, welcome to ‘the pressure seat.’
    economy and government salaries. Perhaps you may have the strength and compassion to confront the following crisis:
    We have NO RUNNING WATER OR ANY PLACE IN LITTLE HARBOUR TO GET ANY…SINCE IRMA!!!! This temporary, post Irmaria, dangerously moldy, fiberglass shedding dome has long been (2 yrs) plumbed for water hook up . The street pipe is 10 feet away! Nobody from government has ever returned to hook the water up. Why is Housing Re-build making us suffer??? The electrical box is on the pole, ready to hook across to the long time all wired dome. Still no electricity. Why are you denying us these basic rights to survive????(I’ve implored to the current administration) WHY???
    Would YOU, Andrew Fahie and Carvin Malone like to bathe in the ocean for the next 4 years?????
    I didn’t think so.
    And Andrew A. Fahie claims to “Serve the people.” Our our lives, devoid of any water or income to eat, reflects your indifference to our 4 year plight. Have you any compassion for those still struggling?
    CERTAINLY not us here on JVD!
    We are still living like cavemen here in the parking lot of a restaurant in Little Harbour.
    We need WATER!!! NOW! It’s been 4 years without water! Would you, Andre and Carvin like to bathe in the ocean and eat canned tuna, corned beef and picnics sausage every day? I’m sure you wouldn’t.
    Perhaps you may help us better than the current administrators who are just looking the other way? Our every day reality reflects this government’s character and the ability to assist those who have been left with nothing….refusing to respond, leaving us waterless for 4 years?
    Completing water hookup will take a plumber about 1 hour to do it. Where are this government’s morals?

    Sidney & Wendy Hendricks
    JVD, BVI
    345-0563

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  11. Doomed says:

    This is the biggest joke ever. The do nothing minister is the deputy. We really doom.

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  12. I know carvin vex says:

    They only give him that position in order to prevent him seconding any more of fraser motions…The cuban had this same position and lost so statistically district seven is in trouble…Speaking about cubans, no wonder the dictator sent to get cuban doctors

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  13. Time says:

    Congratulations Sir.

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