‘I want to hear from BPL engineers’

Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Delton Fernander said he would like to meet with Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) engineers to hear the company’s plan to resolve the electricity issues that have plagued residents on New Providence over the last two months.

“It’s just sad that we hear politicians speaking,” he said.

“I would like to hear from the engineers, and I’m going on record as the Christian Council, we would like to sit and hear what’s your generation plan. Don’t give us pie in the sky type ‘we’ll do anything’.

He added, “We have competent engineers in the Christian Council and we can convene a meeting and analyze your plan, and then we’ll support it.”

Fernander said that nobody has been spared in the power outages that have affected the island on a nearly daily basis. He said that for three weeks straight, funeral proceedings have been affected by the lack of electricity.

“The church is affected too,” he said.

“As a pastor, anyone who has been to New Destiny, they know that [on] Saturdays we’ve had funerals for the past three weeks, and all three of the weeks, at the time we had the funeral, we were in load shedding.

“It makes it difficult to even have a worship experience for the homegoing of people.

“I’ve had people come to me and talk about their loved ones suffering at home because they are ill, and when the power goes off, not all of us are fortunate enough to have a generator.

“…It is a national crisis and we are glad that the government of the day and the powers that be are seeing it as such. As a nation, all of us are looking for this to be answered and to be turned around, and not just meet the capacity but plan for further growth.”

He added, “It’s affecting all of us. It is a unified problem.

“Maybe those who are in better places that can afford all of the aesthetics of life are not feeling this. I was at a national service and the power was out. So, it hasn’t exempted anybody from any place in our society from experiencing power outages.”

Since early June, BPL has been load shedding across New Providence due to a generation shortfall.

BPL executives have promised long-term relief with the installation of a new 132-megawatt plant at the Clifton Pier Power Station.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has pledged to do whatever is necessary to solve the problem at BPL.

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Rachel Knowles

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

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