The Vanterpool Administration Building on Virgin Gorda was handed over during an official ceremony on February 17.
The building was repaired through a partnership between the Government of the Virgin Islands and the Recovery and Development Agency and houses departments and offices including the BVI Post, Environmental Health, Immigration, Labour, Water and Sewerage, Social Development, Inland Revenue, Civil Registry and Passport Office and the Premier and Visiting Minister’s Office.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said the official handing over of the administration building provides residents on the sister island with immediate access to essential government services that they would otherwise have to travel to Tortola to receive.
Honourable Fahie thanked Public Officers who made the completion of the building possible, particularly the Office of the Deputy Governor, and other officers who continue to work diligently to provide stellar service to the people of the Virgin Islands.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor, Mr. David D. Archer, Jr. said the handover was a signal of hope for the people of Virgin Gorda.
Mr. Archer, Jr. said despite the challenges faced in recent years, especially following the hurricanes, Public Officers on the island worked diligently and the completed building is a representation of the work that has been put into restoration efforts across the Territory.
The safer, more resilient building features new roof sheets, windows and hurricane shutters, full exterior and interior painting works, upgraded electrical system, plumbing fixtures and doors, and an improved security system.
Photo 1: Deputy Governor, Mr. David D. Archer, Jr. receiving the ceremonial key to the Vanterpool Administration Building from Director of Programme Strategy Department of the RDA, Mr. Neil Smith. Photo Credit (GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)
Photo 2: Official cutting of the ribbon during the official handover ceremony for the Vanterpool Administration Building. Photo Credit (GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)
Photo 3: Vanterpool Administration Building. Photo Credit (GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)