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Full investigation underway into previous govt’s outstanding bills dating back to 2014

After unearthing more than $1 million worth of unpaid debt to vendors dating as far back as 2014, Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie said a full investigation into the territory’s accounts is now underway.

Speaking at Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, Fahie said the unpaid debt was discovered because of persons who had been appealing for his administration to honour the previous government’s debt obligations.

“We did a full investigation and, thus far, we have found over $1.5 million of outstanding bills before we took office. So we are going to do this and hope that there is nothing else there that was missed out,” Fahie stated.

“We put a special team, we already had some persons on it but we put some more to get these done and to get them done now so that we can pay those we owe and make sure we regulate those areas that were already spent and re-allocate it,” he added.

The Premier said the Ministry of Finance will provide a ‘full report’ following the probe. He said this report will be tabled in the House of Assembly.

Vendors owed by Works Ministry

He informed the House that the vendors who are owed were engaged by the Ministry of Works.

“Vendors have been calling us, and we couldn’t understand why. Most of them didn’t have a purchase order. They were just sent to work in different areas, but the people worked, and the work, for the most part, can be justified and they are looking to government for their payment,” Fahie explained

He added: “It is not nice having persons out there and not getting paid because the procedures to hire them were not followed. But the person that was hired doesn’t know that so you cannot hold them hostage when the government didn’t do their part.”

The Premier lamented that this additional $1.5 million will now be sourced to cover these old debts.

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  1. Lily Ann says:

    Fahie, we need to do an audit on you too for all them consultation fees when your party was in power !!!! How bouut tht?>???

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  2. Voter says:

    That guy destroyed that Ministry, mainly because the Minister was too busy with his business, and left that guy with full power, and what was the outcome, he is now in charge of the R–. You cant make this stuff up!how can this territory get any better.

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  3. lol says:

    witch hunt or witch craft?

  4. British says:

    Fahie you next will be under investigation. Doing to much s**t… this is not a one man show.

  5. SMDH says:

    Wow. $1.5 million. Slipped through the cracks. No records or contracts for the work done. Are you really that gullible.

    • Hmmm says:

      Another distraction! Which government will not leave bills if they were doing the works of the territory. If I take over management of a restaurant, I will have to pay the workers I met there or should I get all new workers and create my own debt going forward?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Fahie is spending money which the territory doesn’t have for a bunch of stupid consultants and probes. He too will leave a huge debt for the next government. FIX THE ROADS, FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURES and make the island look like a place to live and not like a junk yard.
    Get over yourself Mr Fahie. This is not a one man show or is it a which hunt? Be careful the hunter doesn’t become the hunted.

  7. Disgusted says:

    Mr Fahie, you need to stop wasting the people’s money. Your record is not clean either. Get over yourself. At the end of your term you will also leave the country in even a much bigger debt if you continue down this path. Your memory is very short. Clean up your mess first and stop acting like the saviour you are not. Stop putting on a show, you not fooling anyone.

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