The government announced Monday that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) customers whose accounts are in arrears, particularly those who have been without power for quite some time, will have an opportunity to fix that.
The electricity company is set to reintroduce its reconnection program.
BPL ran a similar reconnection exercise under the former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration.
The program was said to have not been successful.
However, the prime minister said he is confident that the reintroduction of the program, under his administration, will produce a different outcome.
“This will certainly show that we are looking after the people,” touted Dr. Minnis.
“I note that in the past, BPL had done something like this, however, was required to pay 50 per cent.
“(Under the reintroduced program) To be connected, the customer must pay 25 per cent of their outstanding balance and customers must maintain monthly payments of current bills, plus 10 per cent on their arrears. This should allow full repayment within 11 months.”
Eyewitness News received mixed reviews from Bahamians, who all wished to remain anonymous, on the reconnection program.
“I think it’s a good program. I think any disconnection prevents the company from getting customers to even try to keep their bills current. So, it’s a good thing,” said one BPL client.
“I think it’s a good initiative because anything that the government does to help the Bahamian people; is a good initiative,” another customer shared.
Meantime, two female consumers strongly opposed the reconnection program.
“I don’t think it’s a deal, because it seems like they gonna be double charging us. So, if they double charging it’s not a deal,” the second woman said.
“I don’t think it’s fair that we will have to pay payments on two bills within one month. It’s not fair, especially the way the economy is going.”
In addition to the reconnection exercise for disconnected accounts, the government recently announced that it would exempt value-added tax (VAT) form all bills $200 and under.