Questions are being raised among local shipping agencies on whether the state-owned BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has been overreaching in the exercise of their powers in recent times.
These doubts have arisen amid discoveries that the management of the BVIPA has been making and enforcing arguably-major decisions without first consulting Cabinet and/or the requisite government authorities.
The latest example of this is seen with a draft ‘port pandemic plan’ which the BVIPA emailed to local shipping companies without the knowledge of Cabinet.
BVI News received a copy of the draft document and later proceeded to question the minister responsible for ports, Premier Andrew Fahie about the document.
He indicated that he was never made aware of it.
In responding to the questions during a press conference on Tuesday, Fahie said: “I don’t have it so I can’t even answer you. Those have to pass through Cabinet first to be approved … When it comes — and it comes through the right channels — then the Cabinet will approve them. Cabinet hasn’t approved it yet. I haven’t seen it yet. I can’t answer to it.”
Sources close to the situation has since described the move by the BVIPA as “an abuse of power … and a blatant power grab”.
Following the Premier’s response to questions about the document, our news centre attempted to call and email the BVIPA’s Acting Deputy Managing Director, Oleanvine Maynard to explain why government has not yet been involved in these decisions.
No response has been forthcoming.
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