This editorial in no way is meant to diminish the day-to-day contribution of rank and file personnel of WAPA. It is, however, written to our elected officials and the message is:
The people of the Virgin Islands and business owners deserve reliable and affordable power.
There has been at times abuses of power in the semi- autonomous branches of our government including WAPA with a failure to follow basic accounting protocols and proper fiduciary oversight. The result is no accountability, mismanagement of assets, no bid contracts, questionable spending, inflated construction costs, etc.
Nope our telephone company was once owned by government. Nope not like how that was high Jack. No thank you. Service from VIYA is shabby at best.
That 2000 privatization deal is looking better, better with each passing day.
Time for a change! The citizens of the Virgin Islands are entitled to clean, efficient, and affordable energy. It's time the Emperor is exposed for promising beautiful clothes when in fact he is not wearing clothes at all. Our islands cannot prosper under the present system which is simply government endorsed larceny.
Remember that when you curse people for not taking care of local people. We expect someone to purchase our water and power company and don't expect them to do what always happens. We expect to be saved by people we don't even like. But we can't agree to value ourselves independently.
WAPA...the malignant cancer killing the Virgin Islands.
Privatization wont make things better on such a small scale with so many obstacles. The government will still end up eating all the costs because no one's buying WAPA with all the debt and mismanagement that it's suffering now.
What people need is accountability. But, that starts with being honest about our politicians.. they are wholly uneducated or undereducated and unprepared to deal with these serious problems. Again, the toxic nepotism continues to be a problem.
Govt needs to dump the entire WAPA board altogether. Rebuild it with consultants that actually know WTF theyre doing and not their damn friends and family that don't even know how to change a light switch much less guide an entire power utility.
Ultimately, the entire territory needs to seriously consider switching from fossil to renewable energy and not in the moronic way as to set up a solar farm on a mountain side knowing the entire Caribbean is prone to hurricanes. On first sight, even I knew that wouldnt last through a hurricane. Hey, I also know how to change a light switch without shutting the power off.
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