Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, a legislator who recently served in the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith administration, is gearing up to place his former political leader in the hot seat about the government’s controversial $7.2 million BVI Airways deal.
This is expected to unfold next Tuesday when the House of Assembly meets for the first time this year.
According to the order paper of the upcoming sitting, Turnbull will ask the premier “when he intends to account to the people of the territory for the seemingly unrecoverable $7.2 million?”
The first-term legislator will also be seeking answers in relation to where the planes are, who currently owns them, and how will the BVI benefit from planes it does not have.
Cruise Pier Project
But, the controversial airline deal is not the only subject Premier Smith will be made to worry about when Turnbull questions him on Tuesday.
Turnbull will also be seeking answers on another controversial project in the Smith administration — the Tortola Cruise Pier project. The premier has been promising an audit on the project for more than two years now. None has been forthcoming so Turnbull will be asking the premier ‘what is the status of the audit report on the Cruise Ship Pier?’ and when the audit will be brought to this Honourable House?’.
Turnbull, who is also the Second District Representative where Cane Garden Bay is located, has questions for the premier on that community.
Road revetment project
Those questions are in relation to the road revetment project for Cane Garden Bay that was launched on June 2016.
Turnbull will ask: “As the date of completion was supposed to be June 2018, when does he intend to complete this project? Has a contract been awarded and signed for the completion of this project? If yes, to whom was the contract awarded? When was the contract awarded? Has the funding been identified to complete the project? And when should the people of Cane Garden Bay expect to see works resumed to complete this project?”
Turnbull served under the Smith administration from late 2015 to late 2018.
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