Mitchell questions BPL fires

Mitchell questions BPL fires
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman, Senator Fred Mitchell. (FILE PHOTO)

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman, Senator Fred Mitchell implored the Free National Movement (FNM) government to exhibit more transparency as to reasons behind the frequent Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) fires at the Blue Hill and Clifton Pier’s Power Plant in Nassau.

“The PLP is again calling on the Minnis government to provide the Bahamian people with a full, frank and honest explanation of the circumstances surrounding the latest fire at the BPL’s Blue Hills Plant,” Mitchell said in a press release Sunday.

There have been four fires at BPL facilities in the past week.

Bahamians are “understandably losing confidence in the current administration’s ability to competently manage BPL”, according to Mitchell, and noted that the government must effectively facilitate the needed energy sector reform it promised.

“If the substantive minister is not up to the task, he should be mercifully relieved of this duty in the public interest,” he said.

“To date the government has managed to politically interfere with the work of the BPL board and needlessly incurred additional expenses in excess of one hundred million dollars in equipment damage stemming from these fires.

“…this total break-down in leadership is inexplicable and inexcusable.

“Dr. Minnis said he had no plans or vision for BPL and the Voluntary Separation Exercise, followed by these catastrophic fires are turning out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.”