It was revealed in the recent House of Assembly sitting that the central government of the Virgin Islands is being sued for millions of dollars.
The disclosure was made by the Premier in the House of Assembly during the debate of a financial services related Bill. In his contribution to the debate the Premier that some members of the House of Assembly in their debate contributions were deliberately trying to make the government look ineffective.
In criticizing the comments that were made by certain legislators who he did not single out Hon. Fahie said: “If you listen to it independently, if you play the tape independently of some of these speeches this government is being branded as bad.”
The BVI Leader said that the comments seem to suggest that government was not funding certain things, but he said that the government’s resources are stretched and that upon taking office he discovered lawsuits against government.
Hon. Fahie told the House of Assembly: “We have a lot of lawsuits that we have to find the money for. There is one lawsuit that is up to $35M and climbing. There is another one (law suit) for a water company up to $22M and climbing. Those are the figures that we know thus far…We know that we still have to deal and we still have to pay Biwater.”
As he chastised the members who were criticizing governments funding decisions Mr. Fahie stated that many claim that his administration met a lot of money when they took office, but he said that a lot of issues were also met.
“We were told we meet a lot of money but we meet a lot of problems…some of them were lingering for a while, some of them Irma brought on. Lots of them and what we have to do going forward with financial services and all the other industries is spending the money wisely” Hon. Fahie announced.
The Premier said he is hearing calls for money to be given to various areas without consideration of budget and obligations of government. “It has a lot of money that’s all you’re hearing. Well sometimes poor decisions allow these things. Sometimes poor management allows these things.”
Meanwhile, Hon. Fahie also mentioned that a loan might be needed for additional funding: “The reason you even have to contemplate a loan right now is because the money you have isn’t enough to finish fix the police station, to finish fix the Customs, to fix the incinerator and the problem down Pockwood Pond, to finish fix some of the schools, Mr Speaker to fix the airport, to finish fixing some of our ports, and the list could go on.”
“When you match what we have to fix…the money would be like butter against the sun. So we need to tell the people that…There is a lot of things why the old people can’t get money for the program,” Hon. Fahie added.