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Bahamian Politics Last Updated: Nov 28, 2019 - 7:22:10 PM


FNM: Minnis Administration cleaning up PLP’s mess
By Free National Movement
Nov 28, 2019 - 7:30:07 PM

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The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s contributions to the unsatisfactory state of BPL:

“Leave it to the woeful PLP and their conveniently forgetful leader, the old and tired Brave Davis, to be against something they were for not many years ago. It was the PLPs’ very own historical revisionist, Brave Davis, who first introduced legislation that would raise rates on consumers to pay off the debt incurred for pensions and technical improvements, among other expenses. Fast forward to the present day and the discussion of the Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Bill, and true to form Brave Davis and the PLP are adamantly opposed to a legislative effort they themselves proposed – offering the typical overheated nonsensical rhetoric and lofty promises that ignore their past actions and history.

“Regardless of Davis’s newfound position, the true facts were laid out by Minister of Works Desmond Bannister, who spared little detail in describing the woeful PLP’s tumultuous history with both BEC and BPL. The documented account sheds light on the PLP’s miserable efforts to manage production and distribution of power, apparently lacking the capacity to do either. Simply put the public was given a chance to peer into the history of the PLP’s gross incompetence in managing power generation in The Bahamas while in power.

“If Brave wants a list of ‘self-inflicted’ issues, he can start with the laundry list of his PLP’s neglect and mismanagement that cost BPL millions. For instance, seeing reports BPL was overstaffed in 2015, incredibly the PLP’s fix was to increase staff and salaries the next year, and to no surprise, BPL’s debt skyrocket. Further, the woeful PLP knowingly forced BPL to continue using decades-old engines created by various manufacturers, making them nearly impossible to regularly service and maintain.

“The PLP’s incompetence quickly caught the attention of the banks, which stiffened their lending requirements thanks to the PLP’s mismanagement. Shoddy service, load shedding and rising costs are the legacy of the PLP’s neglect. 

“The playbook of corruption and negligence closed when Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis took office in May 2017. Our FNM Government is making the necessary decisions to improve power generation in The Bahamas for generations to come. Today’s bill to repeal and replace the 2015 Electricity Rate Reduction Act is a step in the right direction that will finally allow BPL to invest in upgrades and advance both the quality and delivery of electricity for all Bahamians.

“The FNM understands we weren’t elected to turn a blind idea to the growing challenges we face as a country, including with power generation. We also know it’s not realistic to act like the PLP – kicking the can down the road and ignoring the tough decisions needed to fix problems like those they created at BPL. 

“This legislation offers us a first solid step towards a better, more reliable, consistent and cleaner energy that eventually will be less costly to everyone in the country. Our FNM Government will continue working to correct the PLP’s disastrous and costly failures so that all Bahamians have access to a higher standard of living and better quality of life regardless of the continued hysterics from the conveniently forgetful Brave Davis.”

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