Beautiful Virgin Islands

Thursday, Mar 23, 2023

Auditor General had questionable conclusions — Premier

Auditor General had questionable conclusions — Premier

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has suggested that Auditor General (AG) Sonia Webster has arrived at questionable conclusions in some of her audits.
The Premier gave that indication during a debate in the House of Assembly (HOA) yesterday on an audit report issued by Auditor General Sonia Webster concerning three public contracts issued to controversial consultant Claude Skelton Cline between 2019 and 2021.

Dr Wheatley argued that while an audit regarding the government’s engagement on those three contracts was ‘pretty straightforward’, the Auditor General’s conclusions are not without fault.

“I’ll have to say we have some other audits coming where the Auditor General comes to some conclusions that I disagree with, and that’s okay. Because the Auditor General herself is a human being, and you know, her, as a human being, her conclusions are not infallible,” Premier Wheatley said.

He continued: “She is capable of human error and her conclusions can be questioned. Her report is her report, but her conclusions can be questioned and in some other audits, she has some questionable conclusions in my view.”

Criticism of audit on EZ Shipping

Premier Wheatley subsequently criticised the Auditor General’s report on contracts for static marine platforms between the government and EZ Shipping.

According to the Premier, the AG relied on security experts — namely the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force — to arrive at some of her conclusions but appeared to have discounted the advice of officers in the territory’s Customs and Immigration Department which forms part of the Joint Task Force (JTF).

“She doesn’t reference what the other members of the Joint Task Force thought,” Premier Wheatley said.

He further argued that there were very strong presentations made as to the effectiveness of the barges. “So who is right and who is wrong? Are the police right? Are Customs and Immigration wrong?” Dr Wheatley asked.

The Premier told the HOA that he had the benefit of having an objective perspective from law enforcement agencies outside the BVI on the effectiveness of the barges used as radar platforms by EZ Shipping.

“These law enforcement agencies from this other country told me without hesitation that the barges were very effective,” the Premier said.

Dr Wheatley said the agencies were not prompted or prepared for the questions but they answered.

What the audit said

But the AG’s report on the marine platforms concluded that no evidence had been presented to support statements regarding the effectiveness of the barges used as radar platforms.

In fact, the audit noted that the continuance of illicit activities was evident in drug busts that occurred during the period the barges were in use. Webster related in her report that Customs staff reported a change in modus as persons engaged in avoidance tactics to circumvent the sphere of the platforms.

The audit concluded that statistics provided show that the greatest reduction of activity occurred during the period that the UK military ship Medway was patrolling territorial waters.

Webster said the JTF was compelled to adopt the floating platforms after receiving a directive from Cabinet to reconsider the barges that had previously been declined by the Police Commissioner.

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
Donald Trump arrested – Twitter goes wild with doctored pictures
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
NYPD is setting up barricades outside Manhattan Criminal Court ahead of Trump arrest.
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Credit Suisse's Scandalous History Resulted in an Obvious Collapse - It's time for regulators who fail to do their job to be held accountable and serve as an example by being behind bars.
BVI Freedom Song
Home Secretary Suella Braverman tours potential migrant housing in Rwanda as asylum deal remains mired in legal challenges
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
Paris Rioting vs Macron anti democratic law
'Sexual Fantasy' Assignment At US School Outrages Parents
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
Credit Suisse to borrow $54 billion from Swiss central bank
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
Russian Hackers Preparing New Cyber Assault Against Ukraine
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
Jeremy Hunt insists his Budget will get young parents and over-50s back into work
Hello Dolly
If this was in Tehran, Moscow or Hong Kong
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi
Nashville police officer, and a female driver shooting one another
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
TRUMP: "Standing before you today, I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent World War III."
Yes He Can
Mexican President Claims Mexico is Safer than the U.S.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
A brief banking situation report
Lady bites police officer and gets instantly reaction
Touch The Hem Of His Garment
We are witnessing widespread bank fails and the president just gave a 5 min speech then walked off camera.
The Lord's Prayer
Donald Trump's asked by Tucker Carlson question on if the U.S. should support regime change in Russia?.
Good news: The U.S. government is now guaranteeing all deposits, held by, Silicon Valley Bank, and the funds are available as of today
Silicon Valley Bank exec was Lehman Brothers CFO
Ray Charles And The Voices Of Jubilaton, Oh, Happy Day
In a potential last-ditch effort, HSBC is considering a rescue deal to save Silicon Valley Bank UK from insolvency
Ramblin' Rose
BBC Director General, Tim Davie, has apologized, but not resigned, yet, following the disruption of sports programmes over the weekend
Protoje - Who Knows ft. Chronixx
A Mississippian man, who was once considered a “ticking time bomb,” has lost a whopping 165 kilograms! What motivated this incredible transformation?
Pressure - Virgin Islands Nice
Elon Musk Is Planning To Build A Town In Texas For His Employees
Phil Wickham - House Of The Lord
The Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse effect is spreading around the world, affecting startup companies across the globe
My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)
City officials in Berlin announced on Thursday that all swimmers at public pools will soon be allowed to swim topless
The Lion King Circle of Life by LEBO M. — LIVE at the HAVASI Symphonic
Fitness scam
Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In
Market Chaos as USDC Loses Peg to USD after $3.3 Billion Reserves Held by Silicon Valley Bank Closed.
Kanye West Sunday Service - hallelujah, salvation, and glory
A primitive judge in Australia sparked outrage when he told a breastfeeding woman to leave his courtroom for being “a distraction"
Jonathan Nelson - I Believe (Island Medley
Barcelona is feeling the heat as they face corruption charges over payments to former vice-president of Spain's referees' committee, Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira
From The Virgin Islands Sqad Up
Senator Tom Cotton: If the Mexican Government Won’t Stop Cartels from Killing Americans, Then U.S. Government Should
Common, John Legend - Glory
Banking regulators close SVB, the largest bank failure since the financial crisis
Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell - If I Ain't Got You
The unelected UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, an immigrant himself, defends new controversial crackdown on illegal migration
I have a dream, MLK inspiring speech
Old clip of Bill Gates saying Ukraine is a big, fat, corrupt sinkhole is going viral
Aretha Franklin, Marvis Staples - Oh Happy Day
Man’s penis amputated by mistake after he’s wrongly diagnosed with a tumour
BVI Freedom Song
In a major snub to Downing Street's Silicon Valley dreams, UK chip giant Arm has dealt a serious blow to the government's economic strategy by opting for a US listing
Billy Preston - You Can't Beat God Giving (Live)
JP Morgan Becomes First Bank to Predict UK Will Avoid Recession
JP Morgan Becomes First Bank to Predict UK Will Avoid Recession
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins - Anthony Brown w FBCG Combined Choir
How do stolen goods end up on Amazon, eBay and Facebook Marketplace?
'Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
It's the question on everyone's lips: could a four-day workweek be the future of employment?
National Anthem of the British Virgin Islands - Oh, Beautiful Virgin
Is Gold the Ultimate Safe Haven Asset in Times of Uncertainty?
Hello Dolly
Spain officials quit over trains that were too wide for tunnels...
for KING & COUNTRY - Amen (Reborn) [feat. Lecrae & The WRLDFMS Tony Wi