Amid increased public calls for the territory’s governor to take a more assertive role in ensuring good governance, Governor Augustus Jaspert added his voice to the controversy surrounding the pier part audit, which has been ongoing for nearly two years now.
He told journalists at a media conference last week he has written to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith on the issue.
“Specifically on that audit, I’ve been very clear with the Premier about the expectations that it should be coming out soon,” he said.
As it relates to good governance, the governor said he has noticed “areas where things need to improve”.
He further said he is ‘committed’ to ensuring he holds government to what he described as high standards of transparency and accountability. The governor, however, said it is not for him to “jump on every single issue and to be the enforcer”.
“I don’t operate on rumours, I don’t operate on things that people may just say. If there’s that need [for a matter] to be investigated, the responsibility is to make sure they are investigated by the right authorities … [But], because the governor doesn’t shout publicly all the time doesn’t mean things aren’t always happening.”
“Where I place importance is making sure that the right institutions are investigated,” he said.
As for government’s rationale for why the pier park audit is reportedly still incomplete, the Premier’s latest claim is that former BVI Ports Authority employees with intimate knowledge of the cruise pier project are behind the delay.
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