Ninth District Representative Vincent Wheatley has highlighted what he described as the fear of independence and self-determination in some sections of the territory.
He added that people are afraid of the exact steps that are needed to move the BVI forward.
The legislator made the remark during his contribution to the 2023 budget debates that have now concluded. His statement also seemed to be directed to some members of the House of Assembly.
“Everybody’s afraid of self-determination, they’re afraid of independence, all sort of things. But these things are what’s called for to move this country forward,” Wheatley stated. “We should go boldly, with great faith in ourselves and our colleagues to do the right things though they may be difficult.”
Wheatley also expressed that his conversations with some seniors in the territory show that they are depending on leaders to make the best decisions to move the BVI forward.
“They have great faith in us because they have been here a long time and the struggles they went through to get this country to where it is. They have great faith and hope that this generation will do the right things – not the easy things but the right things,” Wheatley said.