His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert noted that Auditor General Sonia Webster’s audit of the BVI Airways deal continues. However, he told the media that he will not be providing running commentary on the matter, so he will not say more on the subject.
The disclosure about the ongoing audit was made by the Governor during a press conference on 26 July. At that time the Governor said said that he will not speculate that the audit being carried out on Government’s dealings with BVI Airways would warrant a commission of inquiry, which members of the Public have openly called for.
For months, residents have clamored for information regarding the BVI Airways deal considering that the plane never took to the skies, but received a $7.2 pay from government. In acknowledging that he has heard the public request for information, the Governor said: “BVI Airways, I know there is a lot of debate going on that, and I am pleased the auditor general is looking into that and investigating what has happened with BVI Airways.”
While not mentioning the exact area or issue being investigated, the Governor said: “The Auditor General is looking at it…BVI Airways – it’s a lot of money; and… there are separate issues that the Premier has talked about – approaches on the contracts, you know having a look at that.”
While the Governor has acknowledged a request for an investigation into matters such as the BVI Airways deal, he said that the expectation for such an investigation should not be directed to his office. In explaining why he should not be called upon to look into the complaints His Excellency said: “The governor is not an investigator.”
Moreover, Governor Jaspert said that he is not going to jump blindly and call for a Commission of Inquiry into any of the matters being currently discussed in the public by residents of the Territory.
“It’s not about not being prepared, it’s about not jumping ahead of things. At the moment the Auditor General is looking at BVI Airways and that’s an important step, and that is exactly the right step that should happen,” he said