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Delinquent customers owe BPL as much as $100 mil.

Delinquent customers collectively owe Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) between $90 to $100 million, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday.

“There is a group of people who chronically cause challenges for BPL,” said Bannister who appeared on the Our News show “On The Record” with host Jerome Sawyer, which airs tonight at 8 p.m.

“And the challenge is this: Jerome Sawyer is renting an apartment unit where he has six units and he brings tenants in. Some of them are unstable. Two of them move on. He seeks to rent that unit again and he finds that his tenant has left him with a bill. That is a receivable for BPL.

“When you do that over a few years…BPL ends up having receivables like they have now, which approach $90 million to $100 million.

“That’s the kind of receivables they have.”

BPL Director of Public Relations Quincy Parker said last week that more than 2,900 BPL customers, who collectively owe the corporation $10.3 million, are without power.

As of May 13, 2019, there were 2,946 disconnected BPL customers.

While the number represented a 41 percent decrease in the disconnection between November 2018 and May 2019, there was an 80 percent increase in the fees owed.

In November, it was revealed that New Providence, North Andros and Central Andros represented the highest disconnection numbers.

Given that the amount owed by disconnected customers seems to have skyrocketed, Bannister was asked what is being planned to deal with delinquent customers.

“We have a lot of delinquent customers and BPL is putting their mechanisms in place to be more vigilant,” he said.

“Quite frankly, some of that is going to end up being written off because they have been there for years, but we have to be able to ensure that we have proper protocols in place.

“We cannot bend the rules like they were done in the past.

“We have to be very careful. This is your money, and when I say your money, not only your money but the money of the people who are watching and listening.

“This is all of our money and we have to take care of it and that is our obligation.”

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