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31 take oath to become naturalised VI citizens

31 take oath to become naturalised VI citizens

Thirty-one (31) persons have recited the Oath of Allegiance and Pledge of Loyalty to the King last week, to complete the process of becoming British Overseas Territories Citizens (BOTC) of the Virgin Islands.

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG congratulated the new citizens during a naturalisation ceremony at Government House and reminded them that with this citizenship status also comes great responsibility.

“The new freedoms you now enjoy also come with new responsibilities, moral responsibilities as well as legal ones. To uphold our shared values – including respect for democratic rights and freedoms and respect and concern for others less fortunate than ourselves,” governor Rankin told the 31 new citizens.

“I hope as you exercise your new freedoms for travel and employment, you will never forget that you will be ambassadors for the British Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom," he said.

He reminded citizens that their contribution to the development of the VI community has already been substantial.

Governor John J. Rankin, CMG congratulated the new citizens during a naturalisation ceremony at Government House and reminded them that with this citizenship status also comes great responsibility.

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