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Skelton-Cline blasts BVIEC over ‘heartless’ bill amnesty policy

- BVIEC demanding that bills up to April 2020 be paid before 3-months amnesty is granted
Honestly Speaking Radio Moderator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline placed General Manager of the BVIEC, Mr. Leroy A. E. Abraham under fire over his alleged involvement in a policy to cap the amnesty at $80 for domestic residential users and $150 for business users respectively. Photo: VINO/File/BVIEC
As part of the government economic stimulus announced by Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), a collaboration was announced with BVIEC to offer a 3-month amnesty for May, June and July on electricity bills for 'qualifying' persons, individuals and businesses, however, the BVIEC is now demanding that bills up to April be paid up before the amnesty is granted. Photo: Facebook
As part of the government economic stimulus announced by Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), a collaboration was announced with BVIEC to offer a 3-month amnesty for May, June and July on electricity bills for 'qualifying' persons, individuals and businesses, however, the BVIEC is now demanding that bills up to April be paid up before the amnesty is granted. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Board of Directors and Management of BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has been put on blast over a policy that all bills up to April 2020 must be paid before a government-backed 3-month amnesty is granted.

As part of the government's economic stimulus plan announced by Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), a collaboration was announced with BVIEC to offer a 3-month amnesty for May, June and July on electricity bills for 'qualifying' persons, individuals and businesses.

Pay up bills by April 2020 – BVIEC

The BVIEC; however, is now demanding that bills up to April be paid before the amnesty is granted.

According to commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline on the June 4, 2020, edition of his radio show 'Honestly Speaking', “BVIEC you’re wrong, this is heartless, this could not be what the government intended, amnesty should be amnesty.”

“The country got shut down in March, the people didn’t have no jobs, not because they didn’t want to work, they couldn’t work… most of the people in our country are daily wage earners, how they going to pay when they weren’t working?” he questioned.

He said as part of the COVID-19 lockdown, the people of the Territory were asked to spend all of their money buying food for 14 days plus an additional 6 days while without employment.

“You mean to tell me BVIEC, the best that you could come up with is this kind of a draconian heartless measure?” Skelton-Cline further questioned.

Amnesty capped

General Manager of BVIEC, Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham also came under fire over his alleged involvement in a policy to cap the amnesty at $80 for domestic residential users and $150 for business users respectively.

“I want the Director to tell us, what is the average electrical bill in this country for residential areas, I bet you its $250 on average and the credit you allowing here is 80?… you ain’t trying to help, you’re trying to frustrate the people... that is not helpful,” Skelton-Cline told his listening audience.

He said the policies of the BVIEC cannot be the policies of the Fahie administration, “I am calling for the Director to revisit this and change it, this could not be what Hon Andrew A. Fahie and his government intended for the people to be the beneficiaries of, there is no benefit here.”

34 Responses to “Skelton-Cline blasts BVIEC over ‘heartless’ bill amnesty policy”

  • MEME (07/06/2020, 13:39) Like (20) Dislike (15) Reply
    Somebody give Claude a rope please
  • Sue (07/06/2020, 14:09) Like (43) Dislike (10) Reply
    Give him a rope for what he's rite them out a place
    • eyes (08/06/2020, 08:21) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      I'm not a Claude fan but he right with this one , BVI EC need to do better than this my monthly bill is $150.00 the lowest with 2 kids and 2 adults . And which small business light bill under $200.00 either you going to do something to help or you are not.
  • HansOut (07/06/2020, 14:20) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Oh pleeeeeease...Go blast water and sewage..bviec gives a thouand percent best srevice online..i never ever have to hire taxi for round trip to go pay half my pension for bathing out of a bucket. Nooo water for months poor people like thy in subsahafix water so we could grow food and wash our clothes.
    Kudos to BVIIEC..reimburse BVIEC for the freebies u want yhem to be doling out.
  • mellon (07/06/2020, 14:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not enough that we wont have our social security benefits when we reyire and that they set up a GofundMe for the Vzi, they want to bankrupt BVi EC..these cell phone co and internet companies ripping us off ang giving little service..they should be like BVIEC.
  • Darkness (07/06/2020, 14:34) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    So in addition to no social security in our old age he want us to have lamps and lantern,no refigeration and misery.
  • ann (07/06/2020, 14:38) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I tell y'all weed these NDPs out the place, drain the swamp.
  • Hmm (07/06/2020, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Them island people want people do everything the bill safe just the way it is Claude stop it thought you was with the locals
  • Thousand Times (07/06/2020, 15:06) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply
    Bro, Claude if I could shake your hands a thousand times I would do it. You actually beat me to it because I was planning to go and blast them on my FB page. Some of these so called 'stimulus' are a TRAVESTY. Imagine a 6 page application form just to get US$80.00for a month. I am of the opinion that a lot of us will not see God's face. Prayer warriors are praying but are we seeing results? Go figure.
  • Just saying (07/06/2020, 15:35) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    I agree with Claude it’s heartlessness
    • Me (07/06/2020, 18:48) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      I also don't understand y they want to know every working member of ur family income before they can grant you the break in ur bill. Everybody in the house has their responsibility.
      • @ Me (08/06/2020, 13:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Everybody in the house has their responsibility...which includes the utilities they consume.
        How can that be a non issue in determining eligibility for begging and charity to pay the communal electricity bill for that house?
  • my bill (07/06/2020, 16:37) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    my restaurants bill is $1500 a month during season , due to the word amnesty being used we decided we could afford to keep paying our employees rent and even give stipends when we have earned $0.00 since 20th March. Now due to long winded sheet that needs to be filled in and having to go to SSB to get a letter of good standing which costs $50 as we are on an outer islanmd this means it would cost more than half to get the discount. So we won't bother with the hassle. We also cannot pay our employees rent or stipend and now must lay off the employees we have kept on doing work not related to serving food. So BVIEC nad the Premiers word "Amnesty" has just terminated and made homeless 5 people
    • Funny (07/06/2020, 21:14) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Its also funny that all the householders that think the $80 is a blessing are forgetting the increase in their bills will be around the $80 due to being on curfew and inside their house all this time, enjoy your $80 discount it will bring your bill back to hope!
      • Tam (08/06/2020, 14:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Have you forgotten that the price of fuel dropped significantly? My bill has never been lower. In fact it was barely over $70 (and yes, there are 5 persons in my household which includes children). My suggestion is that persons who are going through a financial crisis should try to cut their electrical consumption (tip: Don't run AC all day).
  • no way (07/06/2020, 16:44) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Cannot believe i am in agreement, 6 pages to get max $240 and $450 for business except you need to produce a letter of good standing from the Social Security before the 15th this is during the time of them having to deal with unemployment payments , its ridiculous my bills stand at close to $2000 a month $150 - the letter fee does not mean Amnesty in any way
    • Your Right (07/06/2020, 19:09) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      To me the Electricity dont really want to give this Amnesty, thats why the process is designed the way it is. This Covid 19 and all that comes with it has been tiresome, just make the process reasonable and much easier. June 15th is next week Monday, that means businesses have to go and run down SS or Inland for Good Standing just to get up to $150 off, NONSENSE.
  • watch (07/06/2020, 18:16) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    All of these so called amnesty programs are simply a way to get SS and NHI information. None of this was ever meant to really help people in need.
  • mm (07/06/2020, 19:01) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    God sees and knows all, Such wickedness to the people. I so agree with you Mr Cline. How can people pay for up to April when they were home and more electricity has been used. Mr Electricity Boss you know that ain't right.
  • It comes from the sky? (07/06/2020, 19:08) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Do people not understand that to provide electricity on tortola a ship loaded with fuel has to pull up to fuel the generators? Do people think this fuel is just free? Meanwhile you taxing and banning solar power all to support your greedy crony capitalist system. STRUPS
  • Grub (07/06/2020, 20:07) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I believe that in order for businesses to give breaks to their staff and to thei customers, Gov would first need to grant a stimulus to the emloyer. Be it grants or loans with stipulations benefittjng employees.
    Same for landlords...Gov give the property owner a stimulus with provisions that would benefit tenant and property owner.
  • So (07/06/2020, 20:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVIEC will have to recoup their genorosity one way or another. The way would be higher bills going forward. Gov should be setting about with Solar energy and giving incentives towrds that end. If Gov is not giving stimulus to a business,how do u expect a business to be empytying their coffers just so. Get real.
  • look (07/06/2020, 20:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good thing some of us listened to NDP. While we here with a lil sumting extra,dividend from TPP, allyo there beggin for loose change.
    The same entity that was issuing the negative about TPP right by your side, keeping you economically dependent for their personal benefit.
  • solution (07/06/2020, 22:43) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I love the picture....Claude can make all the noise he wants shouting and running up his pressure and mouth....while Leroy is calm and doing his job.... because he knows he doing what is right and in the best interest of BVIEC and the Territory as a whole. Continue to manage the finances of the corporation the right way.....because if you dont and the corporation fails financially it's the same Claude and the whole government that will have your name all over. do what ist right....dont mine the noise....when God is for you who can be against you????? God bless you!! My thing is..if you dont understand the reason for a decision just make a call and ask for clarification before running your mouth like diaherrea.....once you get the correct info then you inform the people ...Claude like the saying goes...God sees the intention of your heart!!
  • Just saying... (08/06/2020, 04:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    That’s what happened when you put the elites to run boards
    • US (08/06/2020, 07:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Just saying, you mean elite TORTOLA STYLE? Outside TORTOLA, those board members will be in the same class as the street cleaners. ELITE you say? LMAO.
  • We in trouble (08/06/2020, 05:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most businesses if not all were shut down in March, so how April get in it.. Would be understandable and make sense if they had say March bill...
  • What a joke. (08/06/2020, 07:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All them other Islands get help from their Government.. but here is a joke on every aspect..
    They playing a mind game. Too much red tapes.
    If you are saying that you will help..then try to make things a little easier on us.. people already stress out not working since March.
    Agriculture is the same crap.. read the form..bunch of foolishness.
    Me I always plant.. and get my little vegetables.
  • Hmm (08/06/2020, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI electricity department runs on a "might is right policy" and there is a particular young lady who has a lot of power is very very heartless and a BVIslander allegedly.
  • Who is Fooling Who (08/06/2020, 10:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    These comments are totally hilarious. Put on your darn thinking caps people. If the VIP Government wanted to help the people all that needed to happen was the Premier sit and talk with Electricity and negotiate with the Board to give us the months of April and May free. Oil prices crashed in the 1st quarter of 2020 as a result of COVID, so where is the benefit for the people??!! HUH

    They will realize the savings but will never let us have it. I am sick of of us acting simple. Think People!! The Government could have handled this shyte better now we have to prove why we need a discount from Electricity with an onerous process?? Other countries are doing it in a much easier way, but not us in the BVI.

    Who is fooling who buddy?
  • solution (08/06/2020, 13:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Other countries did not give any discounts or amnesty for electricity bills...what was done is elecrticity bills were deferred for 3 months...which means after the 3 months period persons will still need to pay their bills on terms no other island ain't give away no free electricity. My thinking is that if BVIEC could afford to give away free electricity it would have been done...but remember these criterias are set to isolate the greedy persons and really help the needy...the Premier explained the full reason for BVIEC criterias set forth so I am really not even sure why Claude is making sooo much noise over this...he has contact numbers for all the heads to whom he can contact for clarity.. By the way check to see if his bill is paid because he can certainly afford to pay for his bill and those less fortune in his

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