Press Statement By The Progressive Liberal Party
June 19th 2011
FNM Ministers Earl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour fail miserably to deliver on strong commitment to the People of Abaco of no BEC blackouts.
Despite very strong assurances given to the people of Abaco by Minister Earl Deveaux and Jr. Minister Phenton Neymour that the required action was taken to insure that the major blackouts of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 would not occur in 2011; this to the shock and embarrassment of Abacoians has proven to be painful and miserably untrue as major blackouts continue in Abaco during 90 degree plus temperature.
A young resident of Abaco wrote on Face Book last evening. “As Hope Town and most of Abaco is full to capacity with tourist, with BEC spending $100 million. Hope Town Tourist sit tonight without electricity. Who do we hold responsible??”
The installation of Transmission Power lines which should have been installed before the completion of the New Power Plant is currently underway and was not completed in May as promised by Ministers Deveaux and Neymour. Latest information is that same will not be completed before the end of July early August. Whilst qualified Bahamians linesmen are sitting unemployed dozens of Jamaican Nationals have been engaged to install transmission line in Abaco.
Residents are complaining of appliances and other electrical items been damaged or destroyed by the many power surges etc. Abacoians demand to know, when will this madness end? Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and MP for North Abaco has remained silenced since his bombast promised to get to the bottom of why BEC Abaco run out of oil and whilst the people of Abaco suffers and the dog days of summer at our doors.
The very serious incompetent and massive mismanagement of the installation of the New Power Plant is Abaco is another classic example of how Hubert Ingraham and the FNM have been handling the affairs of governance in our Bahama Land.
The PLP believes that a Commission of Inquiry is needed to investigate and provide a report on why a contract to build four new Generators issued in 2006 and a new Power Plant in Abaco is after almost five years and with expenditure of over $100 million is not providing uninterrupted electricity to the people of Abaco and its Cays.