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PM: No comment on BPL controversy

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday refused to address the ongoing controversy at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) or provide details on what led to the dismissal of BPL’s board.

“I think Desmond spoke to that already,” said Minnis, referring to Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister, who sent a statement to the media on Wednesday.

When pressed to address the BPL debacle, the prime minister declined to comment further.

The government asked board members to hand in their resignations on Tuesday after three members resigned amid heightened tension among board members.

However, up to yesterday, outgoing BPL Executive Chairman Darnell Osborne had not resigned, The Nassau Guardian understands.

In his statement, Bannister said BPL board members locked horns on almost every critical issue. However, he declined to provide specifics on what those conflicts were.

“The outgoing board may proudly point to a number of notable accomplishments during their tenure,” the minister said.

“Accordingly, the appointment of a new board does not reflect negatively in any way on the achievements or integrity of the persons who have given service to BPL and to the country.

“Regrettably, in recent times the former board remained locked at loggerheads with respect to virtually every critical issue. This became costly to BPL.

“Moreover, as relationships within the board deteriorated, three members offered their resignations. In those circumstances, it was important that the company seek new leadership.

“It is anticipated that a new board will be immediately appointed as the utility works to accomplish its goal of ensuring that reliable power is available to all residents of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

Bannister added that he will not discuss the matter in further detail out of respect for the former board members.

When asked who will be on the new BPL board, Minnis said, “Nothing can be said about that. The governor general must sign off on who are members of the board. Until the governor general does [that], we cannot say.”

On Wednesday, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said Bannister’s refusal to provide further details surrounding the matter is unacceptable.

“There are a lot of rumors and issues that require an explanation,” Davis said.

BPL remains plagued with power generation issues.


Krystel Brown

Online Editor at Nassau Guardian
Krystel covers breaking news for The Nassau Guardian. Krystel also manages The Guardian’s social media pages. She joined The Nassau Guardian in 2007 as a staff reporter, covering national news. She was promoted to online editor in May 2017.
Education: Benedict College, BA in Mass Communications

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