Robelto Hector, Political Leader of the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) says his party denounces a recent signing of a deal by Jonel Powell
Robelto Hector, Political Leader of the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) says his party denounces a recent signing of a deal by Jonel Powell, the Chairman of the People’s Action Movement (PAM), in the capacity of Managing Director and Legal Counsel of B&L Worldwide Ltd, which grants a concessional agreement involving Nevis’ Vance Amory International Airport, labelling it political corruption.
“This is outrageous and it spells corruption and conflict of interest to see that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), headed by Premier Hon. Mark Brantley, together with the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (NASPA) and a so-called investor, sign a concession agreement,” Hector said on Friday last, February 8.
He said the presence of Powell, acting as managing director and legal counsel for B&L Worldwide, is a collective agreement spearheaded by the Cabinet of Nevis to give the airport over to a Team Unity friend.
“We have asked the CCM government as part of their job to improve the structure of the airport and to improve airlift. They have failed us. They are seeking to sign an agreement to give away the airport, our one national pride as they have been doing through their term of office. It borders corruption and in a sense it has indicated a failure of the government on behalf of the CCM administration (led by Premier Mark Brantley),” said Hector.
He raised what he described as the “deliberate absence” of the Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, who is the Federal minister responsible for aviation.
“Our airport now is caught in the web of corruption between the Team Unity Government, friend, Mr. Jonel Powell of no known knowledge of managing an airport but is now managing director of a company and is also the legal counsel for the same company,” said Hector, an attorney and former minister in the Nevis Island Administration.
He promised to address the people of Nevis today, Monday.