Frans praises GEBE for ‘saving’ country

PHILIPSBURG–Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson has lauded the management of utilities company GEBE for the work being executed and for their professionalism following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He also praised GEBE’s personnel for going above and beyond in putting St. Maarten in position for a quicker recovery.

  Richardson said in a press release that GEBE “saved St. Maarten,” because the country would have been crippled without electricity and water.

   He said Government and the people of St. Maarten put their faith in three local professionals to manage and forge a future for the utility company and, in his opinion, they are fulfilling the obligations bestowed upon them.  He said Chief Executive Officer Kenrick Chittick, Chief Financial Officer Iris Arrindell and Chief Operations Veronica Webster-Jansen should be commended for their work.

  “There are many people predicted failure from these three proud local people. But they have handled themselves very well. I am sure they had their plans that Irma interrupted, but the test of a person is how you act in times of tribulation and chaos,” the MP said.

  “Sometimes we take for granted the amount of pride our people put into their work and the amount of work it took to get us to this point after the biggest storm to ever strike this region. Think about the magnitude of Irma, look at the destruction of other islands and St. Maarten and look at what GEBE under current management was able to achieve.

  “All over Dutch St. Maarten you see our people restoring our island. We received help for which we are grateful, but much of the work was executed by our own who refused to let St. Maarten stay down. We should be very proud of the management and personnel of GEBE.” 

Source: The Daily Herald