Third District Representative Julian Fraser has placed Premier Andrew Fahie on notice that he (the premier) will be expected to provide answers about the controversial $7.2 million that the NDP government paid to the defunct BVI Airways airline.
Speaking Tuesday at the first sitting of the House of Assembly since the general election, Fraser told Fahie: “As far as I’m concerned, you are the Premier and whatever the last Premier did, you are responsible for. Oh yeah, you are going to tell us where the money for the plane went.”
“Premier, you asked a million questions when you were the Leader of the Opposition. I hope you present those answers to us when we ask them to you,” Fraser added.
During his stint as Opposition Leader, Fahie would often complain about what he described unsatisfactory and perhaps circumlocutory responses from former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith in relation to questions asked about BVI Airways and other national issues.
The former NDP administration gave the airline the $7.2 million to begin direct flights between the British Virgin Islands and Miami in the United States. However, the airline missed all deadlines to fly and eventually laid off its staff claiming it needed more funding.
Opposition Leader also placed on notice
Fraser, in the meantime, also took a swing at the new Opposition Leader Marlon Penn who is the new Public Accounts Committee (PAC) c
“You have a huge mountain to climb,” Fraser said while referring to an investigation that the PAC is reported to launch into the former NDP government on which Penn was a member.
In a nutshell, PAC is tasked to monitor the government and how taxpayers’ money is being spent.
“If they are not done by you, someone else will,” Fraser told Penn. “But it must be done. The Public Accounts Committee has a responsibility, and it extends to the previous government and this present government.”
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