Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Prime Minister Dr. Hon Baldwin Spencer told supporters at a public rally in Cashew Hill on Thursday that his administration’s report card was impressive, and he urged steadfastness, from the electorate.
“This government has shown that it has the capacity to meet the challenges that confront us and to keep the ship of state afloat. It has not been easy going, in fact it has been difficult since 2004, but it became even more difficult in recent years. But we have shown despite these challenges that we are holding our own and Antigua and Barbuda will continue to rise and move forward under the leadership of the United Progressive Party.” Spencer said.
The Prime Minister also spoke passionately about the 30-megawatt Wadadli power plant, financed through a loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China. The plant has been at the centre of an opposition-led debate, with charges that the engines are used.
The contentious matter has led to requests, from the Antigua Labour Party, for a public commission of inquiry.
But the countries leader vouched for the plant, and stood by the decision for the state to take charge of its fate where power generation is concerned.
“The facts are my dear good people that we have thirty megawatts of power that we as a people own, it belongs to us. And we are satisfied that the six engines that make up the thirty megawatt plant at Crabbes are new.….The concern that I have, is what this whole vicious campaign of lies and innuendos is doing to our relationship with China and other countries.” Prime Minister Spencer said.
The Wadadli Power Plant was officially commissioned on 8th September, 2011. The Commissioning of the new power generation plant will improve APUA’s ability to supply reliable electricity to its domestic and commercial clients.