Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Claude Skelton-Cline has sought to set the record straight regarding claims that former Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Works Ministry, Anthony McMaster helped to forge the Tortola Pier Park into what it is today.
Those claims had come from Opposition legislator and former Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool during a recent contract signing. He praised McMaster for the work done on the Pier Park while he (Vanterpool) was his boss.
Vanterpool argued at the time that McMaster, who now serves as the Acting CEO of the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA), should be confirmed in his new post and no longer be made to act, given all that he has achieved.
But Skelton-Cline, who said he understood and agreed with the minister’s point in championing McMaster’s cause, felt there was an error made in attributing the success of the Tortola Pier Park to McMaster and the ministry.
“What I don’t agree with, with my minister; he said that McMaster built the pier … That’s not true,“ Skelton-Cline stated on his Honestly Speaking radio programme.
According to Skelton-Cline, the pier was built by the body corporate under his leadership along with a team that he assembled at the BVI Ports Authority.
I should get credit for the good if I get blamed for the bad
He also had a retort for any potential critics who disagreed with his claim.
“You all don’t look at me funny either, because it’s my name you all like to call when anything negative comes up about it. So I don’t want to hear you,” Skelton Cline said.
He added: “So [the minister] was trying to make a point but used that. But that wasn’t the best example, that was not built by the ministry, that was not built by the then PS.”
Skelton Cline said he wanted to be clear that credit should be given where it is due.
“Since you all want to give me all the flack for it, well doggone it, at some point put your hands together and applaud and clap for the team that was assembled there under my leadership in building that Tortola Pier Park,” the radio talk show stated.
He added that McMaster should indeed be confirmed in his post, but not under the ‘truth’ that he built the Pier Park.
“Confirm him for all the other work he’s done and continues to do, I’m for that. But let’s keep the record clear and straight,” Skelton Cline said.
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