VROMI Minister Miklos Giterson during the meeting with GEBE representatives.
PHILIPSBURG–The Managing Board of utilities company GEBE outlined the financial challenges the company now faces due to revenue loss directly related to the damage Hurricane Irma caused to the country’s economy to recently appointed Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Miklos Giterson during a meeting on Wednesday.
GEBE’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kenrick Chittick told the minister that large consumers that generate the biggest revenue for the company have been “damaged beyond a quick repair,” while the expenses related to the restoration of the damage to the company’s electricity and water infrastructure are excessive.
During the presentation to Giterson, Chittick also outlined pending matters that have to be finalised by the company. The Managing Board informed the Minister of the selfless manner in which GEBE employees carried out their duties to assist in the restoration of electricity and water to the community directly after the hurricane ravaged circumstances, despite having suffered personal losses themselves. Chittick said a follow up meeting will be coordinated with the Minister and his cabinet.
Chittick said the minister’s busy schedule did not enable him to tour the company’s facilities.
However, the Managing Board said it looks forward to treating the Minister and his cabinet members, on a tour of the Production Plant, Philipsburg Substation and the Water Quality Control Department and having more in depth discussions regarding the processes and functioning of the company.
Giterson attended the meeting with members of his cabinet. It was his first visit to the company in his capacity as minister. In addition to Chittick, also representing GEBE at the meeting were Chief Operations Officer (COO) Veronica Jansen-Webster and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Iris Arrindell.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72903-gebe-outlines-challenges-to-new-vromi-minister