Sixth District Representative, Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines has been appointed to perform the functions of Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture.
The instrument of appointment was issued by Governor John Rankin
on February 25, 2022, acting upon the advise of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie
. Hon. Maduro-Caines, a backbencher who left the National Democratic Party (NDP) and crossed the floor to the Virgin Islands
Party (VIP) Government side following the 2019 general elections, will serve as Minister for the period February, 27, 2022 to March 4, 2022.
According to the Gazetted notice, the Hon. Natalio Wheatley, the substantive Minister responsible for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture will be unable to perform the functions of Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture from 27th February, 2022 to 4th March 2022.
Under section 52 (2) of the Virgin Islands
Constitution Order, 2007 the Governor acting in accordance with the advice of the Premier shall, by instrument under the Public Seal, appoint Ministers from among the elected members of the House of Assembly.