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The days of neglecting the sister islands are over — Premier

Premeir Andrew Fahie

Premier Andrew Fahie has assured residents living on the territory’s sister islands that their days of being neglected and ignored are over.

The Premier made that statement during Monday’s contract-signing ceremony for design works to build a new Jost Van Dyke Primary School.

He said that under the previous administration, residents on the sister islands were constantly given false promises and treated like second-class citizens in comparison to those on the main island of Tortola.

“I want to come and say these things because Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada; the days of them being ignored, is gone. It cannot be that we’re in the same BVI and Tortola get the garbage truck. And when it (the truck) can barely move (disfunctional), they send it Virgin Gorda. And when it could crawl, you send it Anegada. And when it can’t move at all, you send it Jost Van Dyke. Those days are gone!”

Intention to treat all islands equally

The leader of government business said that during his tenure in office, he intends to treat all the sister islands similarly to how Tortola has been treated; ensuring that projects are undertaken and a number of long-existing issues are rectified.

“Since 2017, homes were to be repaired and built through the Housing Programme. None until now. Now we have six homes signed and if I’m not mistaken, [they’re] ready and just about to start the construction in different phases here in Jost Van Dyke,” he said.

He added: “Let us get into another area — the paving of the Dog Hole road. I remember when I came over on the boat with a good friend of mine. She came for the day and we went by Dog Hole road. I started to feel so bad, she was right in the car and that was just before COVID, she said: ‘Fahie, I going deliver?’ And that was just coming out of Dog Hole. Now we see the paving of the Dog Hole road.”

“And let’s not forget the road that’s going over the hill there now that for over 15 years persons couldn’t get over that back road and now it has been graded and opened with more work to do by the Minister of Transportation,” Fahie further stated.

Other projects being done

Premier Fahie said it was important to mention some of the works being done on the sister island of Jost Van Dyke since persons were using government’s silence to make it seem as though his administration was doing nothing for the residents.

“We promised the people of Jost Van Dyke that they would not be left out of the stimulus and we have made sure that as many businesses as possible have received stimulus. It couldn’t pay for all but it is the best we could have done at this time,” he said.

He added: “And we are working on the water problems. And while even working on the water problems, we gave out some money to the Minister for Transport to truck over water for those who didn’t have water.”

I understand the frustration

The Premier said the constant false promises and neglect over the years have resulted in residents exhibiting frustration but said his government will do all they can to tackle each problem one at a time.

“When you don’t get nothing for years, I can understand your frustration because you want everything now … But this is not Burger King, we have limited resources and trying to do more with the less that we have — that every island has,” he stated.

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  1. Ausar says:

    Thank you Premier Fahie!

    What we need is concrete results on what you will do, not paltry statements!

    And I hope this is the beginning of something wonderful for the people of Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda!

    #Sister Islands are as important as Tortola#

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  2. watching says:

    blah blah blah. before he was Premier did he ever study the sister islands? When he was in the VIP government did he study the sister islands. Even after hurricane Irma and maria did he study the sister islands. You all continue to let this silver tongue man fool ayo. We will see who he really is soon. Buckle up. The money was there from the NDP to do JVD school so he isn’t doing you any favor. The VIP has not raised one penny since they been in government but spending like mad people.

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  3. Rubber Duck says:

    Certainly not neglecting his f**d intake.

    How **t will he get?

    Is this a good example?

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  4. @watching says:

    So why Mitch didn’t see that district 2 get the help when he was with NDP? If they were looking out for the districts he as the representative should have make sure his disticts got the needed help when NDP was in.

  5. gobble gobble says:

    Whew… look like he ate the whole Christmas turkey and ham too. All the while the rest of us getting skinny with little food to eat. Smhhhhh

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  6. really says:

    Why are people in need in the 1st District being ignored?

  7. E. Leonard says:

    Typically, in a country/territory consisting of a chain of islands, the smaller islands are generally and often not treated fairly and equitably. The mainland or larger island(s) are allocated the lion share of available resources. The VI (British) is no exception. Historically, the outlying islands, especially the smaller outlying islands….ie, southern cays and others, have not gotten their fair and equitable share of resources. They were neglected in many cases. Tortola, the largest island with the capital city, seat of government and largest population, have always lion share of resources. True, the smaller islands have smaller populations and in most cases contribute less taxes and fees to government coffers. Nevertheless, the VI is one territory and each island should get a commensurate share of available resources and support based on need.

    However, it is encouraging that the attitude towards the outlying islands is changing and there is an emerging commitment for the outlying islands to get a fair and equitable share of the budget allocation pie. Further, the fiscal annual operations and maintenance budget should have a discrete line item earmarking allocations for outlying islands. As a follow up and at the midterm, and at the end of the fiscal year, an execution report should be conducted. Further, quicker access to availability of emergency medical care on outlying islands is urgently needed. Medivac helo servces? Is it time for a Minister of Outlying Islands?

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