Highly placed sources have informed BVI News that the Office of the Governor has been having challenges communicating with the public because it has allegedly been limited in accessing the services of the Government Information Service (GIS).
GIS — the official communication engine of the BVI government — is responsible for disseminating information from government ministries, departments, and agencies to the general public.
GIS is also responsible for managing the Government of the Virgin Islands website.
However, due to alleged limitations, some recent announcements from the Governor’s Office have not been posted to the government’s website.
These announcements reportedly include the governor’s annual end-of-year message to the public and the governor’s information on Brexit and vaccines.
Sources said the Governor’s Office has resorted to sending messages directly to media houses as it waits for full access to be restored. The last known public notice from that office is dated yesterday, Thursday January 14, and is an announcement on the arrival Governor Designate, John Rankin.
BVI News understands the Office of the Premier, which has ministerial responsibility for information and public awareness, has been informed but nothing has yet been done.
In the meantime, BVI News contacted Premier Andrew Fahie and asked for a response to the allegations. No response was given as the Premier said he was in a public meeting.
Due to the actions and recent public utterances by Governor Jaspert and Premier Andrew Fahie, the public has been speculating about a strained relationship between both offices. However, Premier Fahie maintains that he has no issue with Governor Jaspert and is only interested in fighting for the rights of Virgin Islanders.
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