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Walwyn pleased – Right governor at the right time

Minister of Education Myron Walwyn (far left) and Governor Augustus Jaspert (foreground on the right) among some of the residents who attended the commemorative ceremony

Minister of Education and Culture Myron Walwyn said he is pleased that Augustus Jaspert is the governor at this time when the British Virgin Islands has been affected by two category 5 hurricanes.

“I must confess that I haven’t had the best relationship with governors, but I am indeed pleased that you are the governor of the Virgin Islands at this time,” Walwyn said.

He made the comment yesterday (October 6) during a commemorative ceremony to mark one month since Hurricane Irma struck the territory, resulting in at least four deaths as well as widescale destruction of property.

Speaking after the governor during the ceremony held at Queen Elizabeth II Park in Road Town, Walwyn further told the gathering: “The governor did a very good job of thanking all the persons who were involved in the recovery [after the hurricane]. He left out two very important persons that I would like to thank. First, I would like to thank the governor himself… And, of course, we have to thank the premier, [Dr D Orlando Smith].”

Walwyn shares responsibility with the governor for Her Majesty’s Prison.

Governor Jaspert arrived in the territory on August 21, and was sworn in the following day.

On the same day he set foot on local soil, he toured a number of communities that, at the time, were badly affected by a tropical wave.

Subsequent to the August 7 tropical wave that caused severe flooding and landslides, the governor took a lead role when the BVI was battered by Hurricane Irma on September 6, followed closely by Hurricane Maria. Virtually all of the damage was done by Irma.


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