Amid criticism about using taxpayer dollars to purchase a new $115,000 vehicle and to hire personal bodyguards, Premier Andrew Fahie said those spends will not become the VIP government’s legacy.
He made the statement at a media conference on Tuesday to introduce the two-week programme aimed at ‘regularising’ the status of expatriate residents.
It was against that backdrop the Premier said his government will be remembered for the positive change brought to local communities under his tenure.
“We are not going to let people define us by a Premier’s car. We are not going to let people define us by a bodyguard. We are going to let people define us by knowing that their life was better because this government was in power,” the Premier said.
He backed this statement by pointing to some of the programmes his government has already undertaken for residents, along with others set to be implemented in the near future.
“We’re having a press conference every Tuesday with initiatives that we’ll be rolling out,” Premier Fahie said while noting that the initiative slated for next Tuesday is his government’s ‘one thousand jobs in a thousand days’ programme.
He added: “We’re launching a marine programme after that for every single youngster who wants to be in the marine sector. We’re launching all those programmes — the Minister of Health has some, the Minister of Natural Resources and all of them [also have programmes of their own].”
As the Fahie administration moves to write and take control of its legacy as a government, a shadow of major scandals appears to be still cast over the tenure of the previous NDP administration, which spent the last two consecutive terms in government.
Arguably, chief among those scandals bedevilling the NDP is the still-unresolved BVI Airways issue in which the former government gave the controversial airline $7.2 million to commence non-stop flights between the BVI and Miami in the United States.
Since receiving public funds from the NDP, BVI Airways has missed all its promised dates to commence the flights. It then laid off its staff; claiming it needed more money to fly.
The Office of the Auditor General is probing the matter.
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