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Gov’t says no one is employed at Prospect Reef, employee denies

What remains of the Prospect Reef Resort on Tortola. (BVI News photo)

Third District Representative Julian Fraser today asked the government to clarify the current situation at Prospect Reef where employees have been working there without pay for some two years.

Prospect Reef is a state-owned resort that was damaged by the 2017 hurricanes. Some persons are still employed at the resort which the Fahe-led government has promised to renovate.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on December 4, Fraser said he, at a recent sitting of the Standing Finance Committee, he asked the Premier’s Office for an update on the payments owed.

Fraser said the Permanent Secretary in that office plainly told him “no one is currently working at Prospect Reef.” According to Fraser, she also said Cabinet has earmarked funds to pay outstanding Prospect Reef debts. 

Upon hearing this, Fraser said he insisted that people are still working at the wrecked property but was again told that no one is currently employed at the resort.

Worker seeks help

Fraser said he laid the issue to rest upon hearing the response from the Premier’s Office. However, the lawmaker said yesterday December 14, he received text messages from a worker at Prospect Reef who reminded him to seek updates on the payments owed to employees. 

“We have not gotten any money as yet … it has been two years and five months now,” Fraser read during the sitting of the House today.

He said he sought further clarification from the worker and asked if people are still working at Prospect Reef today.

“Yes we are,” the worker reportedly replied.

Fraser ended by asking for the payments to be made to the workers who have been languishing for too long.

It is still not clear what tasks employees perform at the dilapidated property.

Last year, Premier Fahie said there were a few reasons behind the delayed payment.

“First, Prospect Reef is a shareholding company established by legislation in this House of Assembly including a memorandum of articles of association. Fifty percent of the shares are held by the Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, and the other fifty per cent is held by the Financial Secretary on behalf of the government,” the Premier said.

“Secondly, under the Prospect Reef Management Act 2005, there is to be a non-executive body including a managing director to manage the day to day affairs of the Prospect Reef Management Company,” he added.

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  1. Really? says:

    More BS and incompetence. Where does it end?!

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  2. Mr. Fraser says:

    Which person in their right mind would still be working there 2.5 years not getting paid and is still working there? The person sending you those message should invite you to see them there working.

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  3. Slavery?? says:

    What up? Working without pay for 2 years? This is twisted stuff. This place a failed nation from past slavery. Shut this down! Who are these people?

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    • Please says:

      I walked through there and there is no security around, and that is the only worker that should be near that property. There is no one there, the grass is so high, no one can see to work. What kind of work can be done there, in that forest? Sounds like a prankster, or someone trying to get money from government payroll.

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  4. Lmao says:

    Really? People working there for 2 1/2 years with no pay? Who would continue there? A rat? What is this person eating with no income for 2 1/2 years. This is all total bulls**t along with the fact that the government is in the resort business. I bet there is a lot of repeat business after tourists deal with government employees. Lease the property long term to a real hotel operator and give them incentive to come. Keep your dirty hands out of their pockets. Maybe then the people will benefit from the tourism.

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  5. Doh says:

    Is this property where the drugs and smuggling goes on?

    Carry on

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  6. Syrupes says:

    Let his name be known because nobody works there. I have been there and I see illegal people living there. Nonsense! Fraser needs to quit while he is ahead. get a bulldozer and knock all the buildings down.

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  7. LB says:

    So what is K*****a the C******n of … of at Prospect? Collecting stipend every month too.

  8. We need those people! says:

    What kind of people will work for free for well over two years?!? Those are exactly the kind of people we need working for government! Where do we find them and can we hire more of them?

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