While claiming that there has been a ‘marked improvement’ in terms of the recovery efforts on Virgin Gorda, Governor Augustus Jaspert disclosed that mains electricity should return to that island today, September 27.
But he noted that there is a long way ahead to connect every house.
“Later on today, mains power is expected to be restored to Virgin Gorda and, although there is a long way ahead in our recovery and to connect every house, this will start to make everyday life just that little bit easier for those on the island.”
“Efforts also continue across the entire territory to put the necessary infrastructure in place to restore electricity,” Governor Augustus said a day after he – along with Deputy Governor Rosalie Adams – visited Virgin Gorda again.
He stated that, like the rest of the territory, the devastation and destruction of Irma and Maria ‘is all too evident’ on Virgin Gorda.
“But progress is being made,” Governor Jaspert declared. “Walking through Spanish Town [on Virgin Gorda], I was able to see marked improvements from my previous visit last week. The togetherness of the community continues to shine through. The deputy governor and I thanked the volunteers in the distribution centre, as well as the hard working public officers for their efforts to date.”
Governor Jaspert also noted that public officers have a vital role to play in implementing the recovery plan set out by the government. “The private sector is equally critical, and I was pleased to see businesses re-opening as the territory works to returning to the thriving and world’s best tourism destination it once was and will be again,” he added.
The governor, in the meantime, noted that a Cabinet meeting is being held today – the first since category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread damage throughout the territory.
He added that the meeting ‘is a significant step in our recovery as we transition back to normal Government operations’.
Governor Jaspert further told residents: “Let me assure you that myself and the Cabinet are listening to your needs and are determined to deliver. The road to full recovery may be long, but progress is being made on a daily basis and the Virgin Islands will be rebuilt stronger and more beautiful than ever before.”
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