Suspicions that the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) has been consistently misspending taxpayer dollars were further confirmed on Sunday by a former NDP insider, Ronnie Skelton.
Skelton — who recently broke away from the NDP to form the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) — said the government has wasted money well into the high millions.
“There is, at least, about a $20 million kind of wastage in government. Somebody might argue that it’s not 20 [but] it’s only 18 or 15 [million],” Skelton said during an address in Brewers Bay.
He did not detail any of the areas in which the monies were misspent.
The PVIM leader, however, promised to be a better steward of managing public funds if his party is elected as the next government of the Virgin Islands.
Skelton pledged to “cut waste in government” then reappropriate the saved funds to improve the public service.
“We will get the civil service and the public service to be efficient again. We will put [the Department of] Public Works back to doing public works. So, ladies and gentlemen, we (the PVIM) have a plan. We know exactly how to get it done,” Skelton said.
Skelton served in the NDP administration as a government minister between 2003 and 2007 as well as between 2011 and the last quarter of 2018.
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