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Gov’t to host special address for first year in office

The government will give a special address to the territory tomorrow, Thursday, May 16 to mark its first year in office. 

The address will be broadcast live at 5:30 pm on various social media platforms and local television channels. Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley announced that the Inaugural Territorial Address will highlight the administration’s accomplishments and outline future goals. 

Dr Wheatley emphasised the government’s commitment to building a sustainable nation and acknowledged the challenges faced during the first year. He noted significant achievements in tourism and financial services and highlighted the passage of the National Sustainable Development Plan as a key milestone.

“I would like to acknowledge the challenges we’ve encountered over the past year, including securing the resources needed to recover from the worst disaster in our history, brutal inflation brought on by global conflict, the rigorous work of governance reform, the shifting international regulatory landscape, and ever-increasing financial obligations in the face of limited resources,” the Premier said.

In contrast, Opposition Leader Ronnie Skelton has given the government a failing grade for its first year, expressing a starkly different perspective. Skelton criticised the administration for its handling of public infrastructure, healthcare, and basic utilities like water and sewerage, claiming these areas have worsened. He also condemned the government’s spending priorities, citing extravagant expenses on parties amidst economic hardship.

Skelton’s assessment, which fellow opposition members have echoed, suggests growing dissatisfaction among residents. He pointed to unfulfilled promises and inadequate support for small businesses and vulnerable segments of the community. The Opposition Leader also hinted at the possibility of a vote of no confidence against the government if substantial improvements are not made.

Premier Wheatley, however, remains optimistic. In a previous statement, he reaffirmed his belief in the Virgin Islands’ potential to overcome adversity and lead by example among small territories. Dr Wheatley pledged continued efforts towards national transformation and sustainable development, reiterating that the government’s primary focus is the well-being of the territory’s greatest asset — its people.


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  1. We doomed says:

    If they had any shame they would all resign tomorrow during the event.

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  2. Salty Fish says:

    Let’s see if the opposition leadership comes out with a response to our supreme leader’s dictatorial (and most likely, delusional) speech.

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  3. Get up you SOB Cause Mickey Loves Yah says:

    Get ready for the fluff parade. Starring S!0wW@nde, Luarna in the Corna and the rest of the A$$ c!0wn Brigade

  4. smh says:

    Lol big speech on how much great work has been done even though you live here and cant see nothing getting do.

  5. Hmmm. says:

    All I am looking forward to is in Fifteen days we are either going into a New Election or the UK will be in control. That is my Prayer for BVI.

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  6. WTF says:

    More self-flagellation from elected officials. They should be embarrassed.

  7. WEW says:

    A soapbox for a narcissist sociopath. It’s all about Sl**ande

  8. @wtf says:

    Why self I’d flog him get some of them there points now needed for belongership community service here I come.

  9. Unnamed Numbered Accounts. says:

    A self pat on the back cause they getting away with much unnamde but numbered accounts being filled.

  10. Can’t wait says:

    Free “Cool aid”

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