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PM: Govt will not allow sabotage of equipment

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that authorities will deal with anyone found to have sabotaged equipment at the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) to “the greatest extent of the law”.

“…My position is firm,” he said following a signing ceremony of two Inter-American Development Bank loans at the Melia Nassau Beach resort.

“The government will not allow any entity to sabotage any of the government’s equipment so as to decrease the quality of life for its citizens.

“Once we’re cognizant of any event by anyone, then we will deal with it by the greatest extent of the law.”

Last week Tuesday, amid a “withdrawal of enthusiasm” by members of the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU), water supply went off in many parts of New Providence, impacting households, Princess Margaret Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Baha Mar and numerous businesses.

The WSC board said sewer stations and lift stations were “also tampered with and fuses were removed from control panels, which prohibited the start-up of pumps and thereby resulted in sewerage overflows”.

The board described the incident as “criminal” and said it was “committed by persons who clearly lack integrity and a real commitment to WSC”.

In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday night, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson alleged that members of the BUSAWU were involved with the disruption.

However, BUSAWU has denied the allegation.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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