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Davis: Stop politicizing BPL

While urging the government to stop politicizing Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called on Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to publicly address the “crisis” at the power company.

BPL has been continuously load shedding for nearly two weeks.

On Tuesday, there was an island-wide blackout on New Providence.

Davis, who served as minister of works with a responsibility for the power company, said, “After all these challenges, there has been not one word from the prime minister.”

He added, “I call upon the prime minister to intervene and let the Bahamian people know what is going on with BPL.”

Davis said The Bahamas is facing a crisis with its power supply.

“We just need to see and understand what the status is of what you pay now for electricity,” he said.

“…We’re headed to a crisis. BPL is in crisis now.”

Davis said he wrote a letter to the prime minister several months ago, which outlined his concerns with BPL.

However, according to Davis, Minnis never responded.

There are too many Bahamians suffering amid the outages for the government to be politicizing the matter, according to Davis.

“We have all these issues,” he said.

“The truth of the matter is that excuses, excuses shall be the order of the day…Their response to anything is that it is better under the FNM than under the PLP. Well, you know, comparative worse is not the order of the day, it’s what is happening now. People know what they experience and understand what the truth is.”

BPL has historically struggled to meet the increased demand for electricity on New Providence during the summer months.

On June 24, BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said some relief was expected by the end of that week with the installation of rental generation units.

However, BPL officials said the generators are still not fully in use.

In March, the company announced that Finnish technology group Wartsila will install a new 132-megawatt engine power plant at a cost of $95 million to increase the generation capacity on New Providence.

The engines arrived last month, but the plant will not be up and running until October, according to officials.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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