Davis: When will load shedding end?

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis today lamented the persistent load shedding in New Providence in recent weeks, an exercise that was exacerbated over the holiday weekend due to “technical difficulties” and a “failed transformer” in southern New Providence.

During a press conference at the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) headquarters on Farrington Road, the PLP leader said the government has a responsibility to provide the Bahamian people with a proper explanation and when the load shedding will end.

“Outcry, criticisms and complaints against Bahamas Power and Light intensifying in the wake of daily load shedding and power outages,” said Davis, the former minister of works, who had ministerial responsibility for BPL.

“The government must say with certainty when the load shedding will end as consumer confidence is at an all-time low, and business losses continue to run.

“This latest episode involving BPL is symptomatic of the incompetence of this government in the handling of any number of policy issues, including immigration, Oban, the collapse of BTC, the government’s labor and employment policies…”

Davis accused the Minnis administration of creating one crisis after another and exacerbating routine management matters into crisis situation through “glaring incompetence, arrogance, ignorance, or indifference”.

He said the government appears to be tone deaf to the concerns of the Bahamian public.

Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister and BPL’s executive management have maintained BPL is not facing a crisis.

New Providence has been plagued with frequent outages, disrupting the lives the thousands of Bahamians and the operations of hundreds of businesses.

Over the weekend, the power company carried out load shedding in three-hour intervals.