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Territory’s leader ‘satisfied’ with pace of recovery

The commercial district of Road Town months after the hurricane.

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has said he is pleased with the pace at which hurricane recovery is being undertaken in the British Virgin Islands.

He, however, said there is room for improvement.

“Yes, I am satisfied with the pace. I think everything can happen more quickly. But, remember we are at a stage where we had a disaster and everything is damaged,” Dr Smith said while responding to questions from members of the media yesterday.

His statement may come as a surprise to residents since a number of critical facilities such as police stations still need to be repaired.

Repairs and reconstruction of these properties seem to be delayed partly because public and private entities are struggling to retrieve building-material imports from the cargo facility in Port Purcell.

There is a process

The Premier explained that the BVI Ports Authority has been undertaking 20 times more than its usual cargo load since the hurricanes.

He said the government is working to find the best solution to address the overload at the cargo port.

Dr Smith also said repairing buildings such as police stations is not as ‘clear-cut’ as it may seem

He said behind-the-scenes work such as developing cost estimates and planning must be done before commencing construction.

“There are many factors which would cause us to proceed at the rate that we are going but the fact is that we are addressing all these issues and that’s the process,” he said.

Post-hurricane progress

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused considerable damage to the BVI last September and five months later, a number of residents are still homeless, roofless, and even jobless.

Furthermore, a number of facilities that provide emergency services, as well as schools structures and hurricane shelters are still closed following the impact of the hurricanes.

However, there has been considerable progress in post-hurricane cleanup and reopening businesses in the private and public sectors.

Students are also being taught in make-shift structures while schools are being repaired or reconstructed, and a number of residents have received assistance in returning to normalcy after the disasters.

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  1. Diplomat says:

    Simply, really, seriously! Wow!

  2. incredible says:

    no wonder it is not moving forward..

  3. Seer says:

    The contradiction is real in this place – for once I would like them to say what they mean and mean what they say. And his satisfaction; is this as it relates to the overall recovery or the selected few?

  4. Sam the man says:

    Well I can tell you now the people that live here are not satisfied No Sir – the “No Direction Party” has shown what a useless, incompetent, bunch of amateur self seekers they are…total hypocrisy – what recovery? the place is a total road crash of a mess and absolutely nothing is done well – but what do we expect with zero accountability and refusal to be open and honest with Government accounts/expenditure…Thank goodness for Dr Pickerings financial rescue plan to bring Agriculture in to save the day and take over from Tourism and Financial services what total Bull Shit!

    • Diaspora says:

      @Sam the Man, for a brief moment, you had me going WTF. But I got the joke about agriculture becoming the main economic pillar displacing and taking up the slack for tourism and financial services. Pure nonsense and idle chatter. Not even Picko believing the BS. As the late Austin “Brok” Maduro use to say, “well mai boi.”

  5. Albion says:

    I give him a B-

    “Not bad, but could do better. More effort required to be an A student.”

  6. Jane says:

    Oh well, that’s a relief. As long as the Premier is satisfied then I guess I can stop worrying about still not having electricity at home and the holes in the roads and Town smelling like sewage and no schools being rebuilt and half the government departments being shut or barely functioning and insurance companies not paying out and the next hurricane season being only 3.5 months away. Job done. Thanks Mr Premier!

  7. Mick Mars says:

    His roof on and his house done fixed and fortified. He can sit back and observe and talk all the uninformed ‘urine’ he wants on this matter but so many people are still fighting with incompetence and red tape trying to get the materials to fix they places that are being held up on the port.


    • Bam says:

      His roof is on maybe because he saved for a rainy day or had proper insurance for his home? WTF? The Premier should leave his house ravaged because he is the Premier?

  8. Anegada cry says:

    While you at it Mr premrier…
    Please do some thing at the power station here in Anegada..The building simple cannot with stand another hurricane.

    I was there paying my light bill.. what i see is not good. If another hurricane hit us… boy we are done. No more power for us.

    Those guys that work there during Irma says that the roof was ready to blow off.

    Thank God it did not happen.

  9. OTTLEY says:

    The BVI IS not NORMAL:.

  10. dagga says:

    light up the place boss.the streets to dark

  11. Agriculture says:

    Diaspora, why are you making jokes out of me? You need to open your eyes and mind and realize that I CAN be the main economic pillar, at least just for this brief moment. Lots of revenue can be generated by agriculture and it also provide jobs for many. After Hurricanes Irmaria, there was NO FOOD. We had to be fed by the Recovery Centres and Not by OUR FARMS. Now is the time for Me to produce MY GOODS and serve my people. Can you just give me a Chance? Damn

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