No Political Interference – Fahie On Moving Office
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie said an independent committee is handling the relocation of workers from the Central Administration Complex, now called the Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex.
As published by BVI Platinum News on Friday, November 1, during a recent Cabinet Meeting, a decision was taken to have the Government enter into a lease agreement with Lake Development Co. Ltd. to utilise Cutlass Building to house the Premier's Office.
In response to the article today, November 3, Hon. Fahie told BVI Platinum News that the Deputy Governor’s Office through its Housing Accommodation Committee has been working on securing appropriate accommodation for the Public Officers and staff who have been based at the Building since the hurricanes of 2017.
This includes his office which is moving to Cutlass Building that currently houses a restaurant, BVI Finance and serves as the head office for a regional fuel supply company on the upper floors.
“The temporary accommodations were approved by this established committee that is independent of political interference,” Hon. Fahie defended the move.
He shared that the Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Hon. Kye Rymer announced a few weeks ago that works on the Complex will commence soon.
As a result, he stated that all offices that are in the building must temporarily relocate.
“Relocation is necessary because as we progress with the repairs, the facility will not be conducive to the safety of persons nor to concentration on work. The public will find out shortly where the other Government offices that are now in the building will be temporarily housed,” Premier Fahie stated.
He noted that Public Officers can rest assured that their Government is cognisant that they need a conducive environment and the tools to do their jobs, and that they deserve nothing less.
According to the Premier, Public Officers must know that ‘their safety and reasonable comfort are of importance to us’.
“Members of the public must know that their Government believes that they deserve quality infrastructure, comfortable environment to conduct business and quality service, and the current administration is fully committed to delivering this," Hon. Fahie explained.
He added, "That is why we are finally moving forward with fixing the building once and for all since no significant repairs was attempted since the damages the building received in 2017 as a result of Hurricane Irma.”
The rate in the Government proposal with Lake Development Co. Ltd. is $38 per square foot, plus a monthly service fee of $4.25 per square foot, per floor.
In the first instant, the Government is to lease two floors for a period of three years for office space measuring 3,067 square feet.
Additionally, the Government will also lease 932 square feet for five years for office space to accommodate the Office of the Premier.