|FNM blasts PLP on management of BEC|
Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jun 20, 2012
In response to Monday’s island-wide blackout on New Providence, the Free National Movement (FNM) is accusing the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) of “devastating inefficiency” with regard to the management of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) since the May 7 general election.
“The Free National Movement joins with thousands of irate Bahamian home-keepers, and business owners in expressing grave concern about the apparent great inefficiencies which (have been) plaguing BEC over the past several weeks,” the party said in a statement.
“For a government which campaigned upon the promise that it would be ‘ready on day one’, the travails inflicted continually upon the Bahamian people by BEC (are) inexcusable.
“It is inexcusable that BEC’s electrical generating plants are presently chronically short of fuel. It is inexcusable that a full board of directors for BEC, with a chairman, has not yet been announced and constituted by this government.”
BEC spokesperson Arnette Ingraham said she is not aware of any fuel shortage at BEC plants.
BEC said a surge in the system caused the shutdown that affected almost every community on the island.
Ingraham said the specific cause of the surge is still being investigated.
Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday said that the appointment of BEC’s entire board is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
However, the FNM asserted that a board should be appointed immediately.
“Bahamian housewives, children and business persons deserve a government that is prepared, from day one, to give full attention to every single problem afflicting our country, especially the really big problems which affect the single source of supply of such a vital human and economic necessity as electricity,” the party said. “The Free National Movement calls on the government to move immediately to appoint a functional, effective and responsibly-led Board of directors of BEC; so that Bahamians can experience some relief from the devastating inefficiency now being inflicted upon them by the PLP and a leaderless and rudderless Bahamas Electricity Corporation.”