CITIZENS ACTION FOR PRINCIPLE AND INTEGRITY (CAPI) asserts that the government’s apparent lack of forthrightness in communicating to the people of Jamaica regarding its decision to join the Jamaica Public Service company (JPSCo) in its appeal against Justice Brian Sykes ruling against the JPSCo’s license is giving cause for concern.
According to convenor Hugh Fagan, recent pronouncements by both the Attorney General and the Minister of Energy, puts into question the government’s capacity to be truthful. To assert that the ruling doesn’t assist the government’s stated commitment to break the JPS monopoly, knowing full well that the notion of interconnection to the. grid could not be entertainment without first resolving the exclusive element of the JPS license, demonstrates a lack of respect for the intellectual capacity of the Jamaica citizen.
For the Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson to use the privilege of Parliament to suggests that the claimants’ motives in the suit were less than altruistic in reference to the cost awarded, is unfortunate and unbecoming of a senior member of the Jamaica bar and the government’s attorney. The issue of cost could easily be the subject of negotiation with the Tax Master at the Supreme Court, which is customary, he further states.
CAPI is of the view that the government’s decision to appeal is counterproductive as a ruling in its favor in the appeals court will mean a reinstatement of JPSCo’s monopoly license which will render the minister’s capacity to negotiate with the JPS nil.
The lobby group notes that Minister Paulwell’s position as the energy minister has been gravely compromised by his government’s decision to appeal a ruling, the potential result of which will be inimical to his stated objective to break the JPS monopoly and facilitate competition in the electricity market. It’s is against this background, that the minister should tender his resignation forthwith.
The government has a duty to truthfully communicate to the Jamaica people the reason for its sudden about turn as there is pervasive speculation that its move was informed by its recent decision to grant the JPSCo the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project.
The apparent incoherence on the part of the government, on the critical issue of the cost of energy and it’s adverse impact on the productive capacity of the country, will only feed uncertainty among market place thus further stifling the growth of the Jamaican economy.
Posted By :Hugh Fagan
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