April 2011 is Date to Corporatize St. Kitts Electricity Department

From all reports coming out of Government, the idea is to complete all major arrangements by the end of April and in a few weeks, members of the public, but consumers specifically, will be provided more detailed information regarding the steps to and consequences of the decision to corporatized the department.

Prime minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas, recently stated in a media broadcast that this new measure will lead to efficiency and a reliability of the service to consumers and that a public information program will be launched soon.

Douglas said this is why Government is presently conducting a number of initiatives in the whole process of electricity corporatization. “We have been talking about this for the last 3 to 4 years and in our Budget for this year, we mentioned specifically that we would want to see the full corporatization in the electricity services by the month of April,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

The Federal Government seems to be convinced that by embarking on this new initiative, it would improve the efficiency of the service, which in the last 10 years, has been most unreliable by consumers, who have suffered numerous outages. Douglas stated, “Whereas at the moment it is a Government department, where people’s attitudes are not the right attitudes with regards to the commitment to work, we believe that with the corporatization, with a new type of management structure and style being brought to the electricity services, that we can rely to some extent on the reliability of the services from here onwards.”

The Human Resource Department at the Ministry responsible for the electricity services department has conducted appropriate interviews with the workers, to inform them of the pending changes in structure and operation.

We know those who are interested in wanting to continue to provide the services as workers, those who have expressed a wish to be retired and those who wished probably to be seconded to the new corporatized entity or those who would want to sever their relationship with the government and thus collect their due financial packages and let the corporation start a new life with those who are interested in continuing,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

“We have also been looking at a number of proposals as to how the management structure at this new corporatized entity will be like. We continue to look at the liabilities and assets that the company presently has,” said Dr. Douglas.

He said the Government has plans to engage the citizens in understanding the move toward corporatization of the electricity services and will be providing updates and information.

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