Patterson in ‘intimate’ approach to end blackouts


The Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson will take an “intimate” approach with the Guyana Power and Light company (GPL) in addressing the problems plaguing the company.

Citizens have of recent faced frequent and prolonged blackouts, and resultant challenges, such as lack of potable water and spoiled goods. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon today said that the Parliamentary recess will allow Minister Patterson to give his undivided attention to issues facing the power company.

Harmon said the matter has been engaging the attention of Cabinet.

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson

“GPL is a matter which must come to Cabinet because once our citizens are discomforted in any major way – as entities like GPL can have on the quality of life of our citizens – then Cabinet will have a role to play…Cabinet will intervene,” Harmon stated.

“And I can say to you that the Minister of Public Infrastructure is…very careful about these things and I know he is going to use the (Parliamentary) recess to actually go and visit, to give on the spot guidance…and to ensure that the Power and Light company acts in a timely manner to ensure that citizens are not (affected) in any way by the absence of regular electricity.”

GPL employs over 1,000 employees countrywide.

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