Enquiry here, enquiry there, enquiry everywhere! The latest one to be established to ‘enquire’ about the billing process of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited. Really? Now? After so many years of being robbed by the company? Why didn’t the government carry out this inquiry when they had more say in the company’s affairs?
First let us distinguish the difference between the words enquiry and inquiry. Enquiry is used when asking a question or seeking information. Inquiry is for official investigations, e.g. the government will hold an inquiry into fuel prices. So from the information that is been put out by the media the government will be establishing a commission of enquiry. In other words the Government of Jamaica will be calling JPS to ask them about the billing process and why the bills to the customers are so high? Right?
Some customers have expressed their disgust at JPS and warrant that we wear black on Friday dubbed – JPS Black Out Fridays – as a show of solidarity. I understand the anguish that you are feeling, heck I feel it too but what will wearing black do? What will we accomplish by doing this? Will the bills be decreased? I think not. We have seen events like this take place in the past with absolutely NO positive results. Companies carry out wrongs against their customers, customers wear and hold up placards to show their disgust for a day, nothing happens and the next day everyone goes about their business as if nothing happened. The solution is to stop using JPS’s electricity. But wait….we do not have an alternative!
The Jamaica Public Service Company has been operating under a monopolized policy ever since the government began selling shares. Therefore the citizens of this country have no alternative but to use the power supplied by the JPS. There is no renewable energy source and no other power company to supply electricity which makes us susceptible to been charged exorbitant amounts of money on our bills. Mr. Michael Dingwall in this morning’s Gleaner (August 18) stated the fact that, quote: “The JPS’s electricity generation facilities are grossly inefficient, outdated and costly”, end quote. I challenge you Mr. Government to tell us something we don’t already know.
It is full time that the leaders of this country stop pussyfooting around and actually do things to make this country a first world one as they say they would like. Where is the proposal for LNG? What is happening at Wigton Farms? Why are we stagnant when it comes to developing our country? Simple, the government is impotent. They do not have the cojones to make decisions that have long term effects for the benefit of the country they proclaim that they love so much. There always has to be a monetary benefit for them. If this behaviour is continued the people will always be enslaved to the government and their selfish tactics.