Newly elected political leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nazim Burke has dispatched his first letter on behalf of the group since taking over at the helm two weeks ago from former Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas.
Senator Burke has written a letter to the local boss of the Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GRENLEC), Clive Hosten on the issue of possible hikes in electricity costs to locals in light of a decision taken by the one year old Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government.
The administration has served notice that it will cutback on concessions granted to GRENLEC and the island’s sole electricity company has indicated that the cost of service will increase to the point where consumers of electricity will be affected by rate hikes.
Following is the full text of the letter sent by Burke, a former Minister of Finance to GRENLEC’s Hosten:
Mr. Clive Hosten
Interim Managing Director/CEO
Grenada Electricity Services Ltd.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Dear Mr. Hosten:
Re: Request for Meeting With Your Organization
Well enshrined in the Constitution of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are the principles of Building Parliamentary Democracy and People’s Participation. In keeping with those principles, our party is deeply committed to consulting our people on matters of national importance and being guided by their circumstances and wisdom in our decision-making and actions.
We note your recent Press Release in which you expressed grave concerns over the decision by the Government of Grenada, without your prior knowledge and any prior consultation with you, to amend the Electricity Supply Act so as to require your company to pay 50 percent of “all customs and other import duties and landing tax on all plant, machinery, equipment, meters, instruments, vehicles, fuel, lubricants and materials (including replacement parts and spares) imported by the company.”
We further note, in particular, your concern regarding the impact that the said amendment will have on your operations and rates and your suggestion that it will result in an additional increase to customers in both the non- fuel and fuel charges of the company.
As a credible national political party, which secured over 22,000 votes in the last General Elections, we consider ourselves a viable alternative to the ruling political party. To that end, we feel morally obligated to address the issues that are of concern to your organisation in particular and to the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique as a whole.
Against this backdrop, we wish, by this letter, to kindly request a meeting with your organisation to discuss this issue, which is of interest and concern not only to your organisation but to all Grenadians at this time. Of course, we are available to meet with you at a time and place of your convenience.
We are committed to engaging you on all matters of interest and concern to your organisation as you endeavour to make Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique a better place for all of us.
We look forward to a favourable response, as we join hearts and hands to build our country.
V. Nazim Burke