Instead, our people have only heard about the quality of the reception of the Prime Minister and his ministers by the institutions they have visited over the summer so far.
Moreover, the measures introduced by the government of the National Progressive Party (PNP) to combat inflation and the cost of living have no impact on the above. We feel that their measures have the opposite effect; that is, prices keep going up, the cost of living goes up, people find it harder to pay their bills and buy food, and electricity bills keep going up. ‘increase.
The $1,000 was welcomed by all, but as a temporary measure to stop the bleeding. However, measures to deal with the problem are lacking. Where are these policies, and where are these real plans? What are we doing for the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens, the unemployed and the underemployed, and what about retired seniors?
I would like the government to now consider giving direct monetary assistance to our retirees, the unemployed and citizens who earn less than $3,000 a month. That could mean an extra $500 or $1,000 for those vulnerable groups who are hardest hit by the very high cost of living that our people face.
Earlier, the prime minister said he would get involved with the incumbent electricity supplier and the issue of escalating prices for consumers, who can barely afford to pay. The position that unless Fortis does something it will not intervene is not acceptable and is a complete abdication of responsibility as a government. At a time like this, the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, even if this PNP administration does not see it, retains sufficient power and political reach to do something;
A. Where the current Electricity Ordinance permits alternative energy generation, the government of the day should seek investment in the alternative energy sector.
B. I challenge this PNP government that if they really cared about the people of this country, they would take the small sum of $10 million from the huge surplus we have to buy and distribute a 1 KW solar panel system to all citizens who own a home, to help reduce the burden on our people.
C. With the claim of so much money in the treasury, they should fund and subsidize local startups in the alternative energy sector.
D. The government should enter into meaningful talks with Fortis to prepare acceptable legislation to pass on the savings made through alternative energy generation to the consumer.
E. All taxes or import duties on fuel for power generation should be removed and regulations should be put in place to ensure savings are passed on to the consumer.
There are many things that can be done, but it takes caution and a willingness on the part of government to see that something can be done.
A press conference to talk about the welcome reception the Prime Minister received during his travels is not the priority of the people, nor does it address the issues facing our people. This only confirms how out of touch this PNP government is.
Back from Jamaica and Washington DC, thanking them for taking good care of them. The experience is beyond measure. Visit with patients at UWI Hospital. Launch of the Youth Help Foundation in W. DC. The briefing is just limited to this visit.