Progressive Liberal Party
February 1, 2011
The issue of the failure of BEC to provide uninterrupted power to Abaco has blown the cover in the faces of the Prime Minister, Jr. Minister Phenton Neymour and Minister Earl Deveaux. Despite the local press’s failure to carry the PLP’s press release on this matter Minister Earl Deveaux, after learning of the PLP’s press statement then rushed to Abaco to hold a town meeting which was poorly attended. Clearly Minister Deveaux was ill prepared to answer simple and straight forward questions raised by residents of Abaco.
As an example: Minister Earl Deveaux was unable to explain to Abaco residents why the installation of 11 miles of transmission lines was not completed to coincide with the completion of the new power station. In fact the Minister reluctantly admitted that the contract has not yet been awarded. Yet the minister again gave the residents the same assurance that Jr. Minister Phenton Neymour gave to them back in 2010 that there, would be no load shedding in Abaco.
The installation of the new power plant in Abaco is an example of the terrible fallout of the FNM’s Stop, Review and Cancel Policy. The victims of this wicked and spiteful policy now includes the people of Abaco. The dismal failure and mismanagement of this power plant will go down in history as a textbook case of how the FNM inflicted misery and punishment on the residents and tourist of the Abacos.
Below is a statement made by Prime Minister in July 2010 in the House of Assembly:
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Abaco said recently that there are no valid reasons why Abaco’s power supply has been off for the last several days and said someone “will pay” for their “neglect.”
“What is happening with the electricity supply in Abaco is inexcusable. I am not an engineer. I am the prime minister of The Bahamas, though. Some people will pay for that neglect in Abaco,” he said in the House of Assembly last week.
Mr. Ingraham said his government’s first priority will be to get power supplies restored.
He said the next order of business will be deciding who will be held responsible “for this grossly negligent act on the island of Abaco to permit engines to run out of fuel oil.”
“Everybody knows that an engine requires oil,” he said.
“And to have to hire a plane to fly oil to Abaco to put in the engines and to cause the people of Abaco to suffer as they have is something for which somebody or some people must be responsible. When we find out, which is not long from now, they will be dealt with.”
In has been six months since Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham promised that “some people will pay for that neglect in Abaco”. Thus far nobody has paid. And the people of Abaco continue to be besieged with promises by the Prime Minister, Earl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour. The reality is they are the ones responsible for the massive neglect and mismanagement of BEC in Abaco and they are the ones who should go.