Leader of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Ronnie Skelton is promising greater job opportunities for locals under a PVIM government.
“I believe that it is time that Virgin Islanders or Belongers are given real preferences in the job market. No longer must this be just lip service,” Skelton said at the launch of the movement on Friday.
He added: “We need to stop thinking that only people from beyond our shores have value. We need to give ourselves a chance and a PVIM government will do just that.”
The movement leader said the territory spends millions of dollars annually to train locals.
He, however, noted that there is a limited number of available jobs to supplement this training.
“I am committed to making sure that all the people of the Virgin Islands have the opportunity to become a meaningful part of the workforce and I promise you that I will never tell you that I can no longer continue to support you or protect you,” he said.
The PVIM presented seven election candidates at Friday’s launch.
They are Apostle Curnal P Fahie, Shaina Smith, and Skelton who will all contest the Territorial At-Large seats.
On the other hand, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull will seek re-election for the Second District, taxi operator and sportsman Karl Scatliffe will vie for the Fourth District, recently-resigned Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith is the movement’s contender for the Fifth, and Jose deCastro has been selected as the PVIM’s candidate for the Ninth.
“Honourable QC Dancia Penn is expected to be with us,” Skelton then announced. She is believed to be the party’s final At-Large candidate.
At least three other political parties will be presenting candidates for the next General Election which must happen by April 16 next year. These three other parties are the Myron Walwyn-led National Democratic Party, the Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party, and the Julian Fraser-led Progressives United.
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