Citing ‘safety’ as a primary reason, Cabinet has decided to forego the usual tendering process to acquire a new 2019 Cadillac Escalade for the Office of the Premier.
The vehicle purchased from Virgin Islands Motors is valued at $115,600.
The decision was made during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Deputy to Governor David Archer, Jr on April 24.
In also explaining the circumstances behind the purchase, Premier Andrew Fahie said the vehicles assigned to his office was plagued with mechanical problems.
“I didn’t want one but, do the research. If you go to VI Motors, the one that I was driving there, it embarrassed me so many times … People didn’t know how much time it stops and clocks out. And, I say ‘driver, keep on going’, because the minute I go and ask for a car, it’s a problem. ‘Get this thing working even if you got to push’,” the Premier said during the recently-concluded budget debate in the House of Assembly.
He said when the vehicle in question was brought to VI Motors for repairs, the mechanic told him that it was ‘surprising that certain things didn’t happen’ while driving,” Fahie said.
The Premier said that the old vehicle is still undergoing repairs. And despite being issued another ‘makeshift’ car, it too is not up to par.
“We had to get the Premier’s car … So, I want you to know what’s in the budget because I have nothing to hide from the people of the Virgin Islands. You cannot be private in public,” the Premier Fahie said.
The Fahie-led administration has been in office for roughly two months now.
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