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‘NDP left over $20M in lawsuits behind!’- Premier tells Opposition Leader

‘NDP left over $20M in lawsuits behind!’- Premier tells Opposition Leader

Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister for Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reminded Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) that the former National Democratic Party (NDP) left millions in lawsuits behind when they were ousted from office in 2019.

This came after Hon Penn during his presentation on the budget debate on December 15, 2021, boasted that the NDP government were the ones who negotiated a $65 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in use by the Fahie administration.

This he said was being used by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government through the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) to do major projects around the territory. These projects include road repairs and expansion, construction of reservoirs, and repairs to the infrastructure.

Responding to the Opposition Leader, Hon Fahie fired back and reminded Hon Penn that the VIP Government also inherited lawsuits.

“Mr Speaker we are not those who come to the budget debate and only want to remember the good parts that they have brought forward like the $65million loan, but do not remember the many lawsuits they left behind for us to pay totaling over $20 million.”

The Opposition Leader on December 15, 2021, has boasted that the NDP government were the ones who negotiated a $65 million loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in use by the Fahie administration.


Stop listening to negative talk - Hon Fahie to VI


Premier said his administration ‘brings the balance” and he encouraged VI residents to “stop listening to the many doom and gloom stories.”

“It is very easy to gravitate towards negativity and aspersions on people’s character; it’s easy, you just get up and say what you heard or what somebody tells you, but it is more difficult to prepare people for the future and to stay positive at all times.”

“Mr Speaker that is why sometimes, some in the Opposition phrase it that when I speak, I speak to try to mamaguyed as we say in our villages or try to get by with our people. It is not a matter of that Mr Speaker it is a matter that we all have 24 hours in a day and words have power,” he said.

The Premier noted that no matter how bad a situation is, legislators must always give encouraging words to the people of the territory.

“Keep moving forward to make things better and stop concentrating on the areas that make us bitter,” he further added.

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