Premier Andrew Fahie said, since taking up office, he has come under considerable pressure to transform the British Virgin Islands almost overnight.
But the leader of government business made it clear he will “not be bullied” into making hasty and foolhardy decisions.
“If you listen to just a few, they are speaking as if we must change the entire territory in the direction that it was going for eight years. They want us to do it in eight days [and] that’s not possible,” the Premier said.
“I am not going to allow psychological games to get to my head to allow me to get to make any erratic decisions … to do the things that are not right in the sight of God for the people of the Virgin Islands.”
The Premier, who was making his contribution to the 2019 budget debate on Thursday, said he and his team have achieved ‘quite a bit’ in the two months they’ve been in office.
“I want to state that inside this budget shows our signature that we have started a deposit into the lives of the people to put this territory back into the hands of the people.”
He said the Virgin Islands Party administration’s mandate is to ‘increase accountability and increase what he described as the people’s confidence in governance’.
However, he said government cannot “just fix buildings” if they are to achieve their objective.
“We cannot just increase the recurrent [budget] without that money reaching to the people. Those who do not have roofs, those recreational areas that are still not fixed, our schools … this territory never had a money problem, this territory had a management problem.”
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