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Drop the old politics, use CDB-approved plan for ESHS — Walwyn

Drop the old politics, use CDB-approved plan for ESHS — Walwyn

Former Education Minister Myron Walwyn has urged politicians in the BVI to move away from the old brand of politics of wasting taxpayers resources.

Walwyn, who briefly served as the Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), admonished politicians to start thinking about country and not themselves.

In a Facebook post made yesterday, Walwyn said: “We must get to the point of political maturity where we build on work that was done by previous governments.”

We had a comprehensive plan

The former legislator was at the time referring to what he termed ‘a comprehensive plan’ that he said had already been in place for the redevelopment of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) under the former NDP government.

Walwyn also pointed out that the plan was done by the NDP “way before the hurricanes of 2017”.

He further highlighted that a loan of more than $9 million was approved by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to assist with funding the project in 2017.

And according to the former two-term legislator, the CDB would have been very much involved in that project, including up to the point of doing capacity building for educators.

“Resurrect the existing plans and make the requisite amendments, complete the process with the CDB loan and let’s build an institution that could properly serve the needs of our children just as was intended by our government,” Walwyn urged.

He continued: “Time to drop the old politics! Haven’t we learnt anything from the Commission of Inquiry?”

According to Walwyn, politicians must choose saving taxpayers’ resources over political expediency.

Gov’t at end of design consultancy phase

But Walwyn’s comments come more than a month after the government announced its intention to enter a design consultancy phase on the current rehabilitation and reconstruction project for the ESHS.

That phase of the project is expected to be completed by tomorrow January, 14 and Premier Andrew Fahie said the cost of the design phase is a little more than $99,000.

Trojan Design and Development Limited was selected to execute the design and will be responsible for preliminary and final For Tender architectural drawings, 3D rendered concept drawings, and price detailed bill of quantities, among other responsibilities, Premier Fahie said.

The Premier also announced that there will be no delay in moving the project forward once designs have been completed, noting that the tendering for the buildings will be the next step, followed by construction which will be done by the successful bidders.

“We must get our students, the principal, teachers, support staff and others back home here on this Elmore Stoutt High School campus by the start of 2022/2023 school year. No ifs, no buts, no maybes, no excuses,” the Premier said.


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