Parliamentary Economic Services Committee summons GPL Management

Parliamentary Economic Services Committee summons GPL Management

The management of the Guyana Power and Light company (GPL) has been summoned to appear before the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Economic Services next month, in wake of the ongoing power supply problems that have been hitting the country.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Economics Services, Opposition Member of Parliament, Shurwayne Holder, today said the Committee met on Wednesday, and agreed that the management of GPL, as well as the Minister responsible for power generation, Prime Minister Mark Phillips, should appear before the Committee.

The meeting is expected to take place on May 8. 

 “With respect to the blackout crisis, the committee acknowledged that it is a definite matter of urgent public importance and as such there was a unanimous agreement to have those in government with the responsibility of policy and administration of GPL appear before the committee so that the issue can be properly interrogated with the view of arriving at solutions to bring this crisis to an end,” Holder said. 

It was noted that too that during Wednesday’s meeting, the Sectoral Committee on Economic Services met with the Minister of Pubic Works, Juan Edghill, and the Minister within the Ministry of Public Works Deodat Indar, and advised that steps be taken to also address the unconscionable fare increase in public transportation.

“On the issue of the unconscionable increase in fare for public transportation, the committee agreed and advised the Minister of Public Works to immediately meet with various associations including the Speed Boat Association at Parika, Bartica and Supenaam to bring this untenable situation to an end so as to ease the burden on the public,” Holder said. 

Holder said the Opposition Members sitting on the Sectoral Committee have also pressed the Minister of Public Works for answers on several other matters, including information on major projects which have been stalled, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion Project, expenditure on River Transportation, and information on the recently announced Contract Monitoring Units.

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