While outlining how he spent the $125,000 allocated to his constituency yearly, First District representative Andrew Fahie is challenging other elected officials to also state how they spent their respective allocations.
Fahie issued the challenge amid claims from his political opponents that he has left his constituents deprived despite receiving an allocation for his district every year.
A confident Fahie fired back stating that he spent the allocations on a weekly First District Afterschool Homework/Study Programme, transportation for students of the programme, as well as transportation for students in the First district who attend H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).
Fahie said part of the allocation was also spent on a transportation programme for seniors to and from the clinic in the First District.
First District seniors also enjoy what Fahie described as an assistance programme and a ‘stipend’ from the allocation. The allocation is also spent on providing funding for First District youths to become trained at HLSCC in various fields in the marine industry, Fahie added.
“The human capital of the First District has been heavily invested in during my tenure as First District representive,” said Fahie who is also chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).
None of my opponents’ representation match up to mine
The above-mentioned initiatives are the core of what the district allocations were spent on, he said.
“It is important to state that in the annual budget estimates this funding has a specific purpose attached to it. Therefore these funds must be spent in accordance to purposed legislated which does not allow for spending on major development projects like the fixing of the West End jetty/ports facility, fixing of the Cappoon’s Bay drainage issue, and so on,” Fahie added.
He continued: “To those not elected but are candidates and have raised concerns solely towards me, I ask you to request of your leaders and other members of your political party to disclose how they have expended their allocations. I can guarantee that none of them can match up to the benefits the people of the First District have and continue to receive. Actions do speak louder than words,” the VIP chairman said.
Fahie went on to ridicule claims from National Democratic Party leader Myron Walwyn that each district receives an additional annual budget of approximately $200,000 for district projects.
“All I can say is my guess is as good as theirs on who and how it is spent because the sitting government has not fully involved me as First District representative. I am glad to clear up this matter because I will not sit by and allow intentional misinformation to downplay the hard work that I have and continue to put in as First District representative including after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts,” he said.
Fahie has served as district representative for the First District since 1999.
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