Thousands to be without power on first Saturday of World Cup

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By Avenash Ramzan

The Football World Cup is here. A huge global audience bursting with anticipation, awaits the start of what many believe is a wide open tournament.

World sport’s most coveted accolade could head to any part of the globe when it’s all done and dusted. But even before a whistle is blown, Guyanese are in for disappointment.

Not because the country has once again failed to qualify, but because of a company that opts to remain true to form; as if to use the grand occasion to further solidify its woeful inconsistency in providing a small sport-crazy nation with reliable power.

June 16 would the first Saturday of the World Cup; Super Saturday some may say…four games; a packed day of action.

France and Australia at 06:00h; Argentina and Iceland at 09:00h; Peru and Denmark at noon; and Croatia and Nigeria at 15:00h.

The line-up is sure to excite fans, but the Guyana Power and Light Inc., it would appear, cares little about that. What’s a football game by the way?

“On Saturday June 16, 2018, customers within the following areas will experience an interruption in the supply of electricity from 08:00hrs to 16:00hrs. This interruption is necessary to facilitate emergency maintenance on the 13.8 Kv Bus Bar at our Sophia power station,” the company posted on its Facebook page.

Lamaha Gardens, Prashad Nagar, Sophia Exhibition Site, Campbellville- East of Sheriff Street and South of Dennis Street, A-E Field Sophia, Better Hope, Vryhied’s Lust North, Liliendaal to Industry, University of Guyana Campus, Cyril Potter College of Education, New Haven, Belvoir Court, Blygezight Gardens, Bel Air Promenade, Bel Air Village, Bel Air Gardens and Bel Air Springs are the affected areas.

We have to give management props for at least being kind enough to publicly announce the “emergency” way in advance; five days before.

“That’s enough time to head to Republic Bank, get a loan, head to Regent Street and pick up a generator…but, oh shucks…gas price still ain’t drop,” Akeem pondered.

“A solar panel might be the better option then,” he thought.

“…but oh no, we in the middle of May/June and rain falling like a cricket match round the corner.”

“Bai, GPL got we like a real football I tell yuh!!!”

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