Davis insists BPL consumers suffering for govt’s mistakes

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday the Minnis administration is “exacting a price on the Bahamian people for their errors and mistakes in government”.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest advised that the government will have to raise taxes if Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) does not increase light bills.

“The Bahamian people ought not to be paying for [the government’s] mistakes at all,” Davis said.

“They are the ones that have caused this mess at BPL. BPL was on the path of recovery and providing sustainable, reliable and affordable electricity.

“We left in place all of the physical structures [and] fundamentals to achieve that goal, but they came in like a bull in a china closet without understanding that they were in a china closet and destroyed all the china.”

Last Wednesday, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper slammed the government for allowing BPL to increase light bills following Hurricane Dorian.

He added that after a summer of increased blackouts, the public doesn’t want to pay any more for electricity, adding that this was an affront to Bahamians and could threaten to drive the country into another recession.

On November 6, the government tabled the updated Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Bill, 2019, which will allow BPL to reduce its tariff rates to customers, fund its financial obligations and existing debt and establish an Electricity Infrastructure Disaster Fund.

In light of this, BPL Chairman Dr. Donovan Moxey said electricity consumers should brace for additional charges to their bills.

The move comes as BPL attempts to tackle its more than $300 million debt.

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