by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party, Dr. Janice Daniel Hodge is assuring residents on Nevis that once she becomes Premier after the upcoming Nevis Island Assembly Elections, she will strive to bring relief to the people by fixing the fuel surcharge on electricity.
Daniel Hodge in a Facebook post noted, “My people, an election is right around the corner and you have my word on THIS DAY (August 27), that on my first day of office, I will exercise the powers vested in me to remove the surcharge paid by our people for six consecutive months; and during this period, we will take the necessary measures to remedy the surcharge problem once and for all.”
It has been several months that the people of Nevis have been calling on the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) for relief on their electricity bills, pointing toward the surcharge as the main reason for the high cost of electrical energy.
A social media commenter said, “Afraid to open me electricity bill because I want to live to see my birthday. This is how hard it is for us in Nevis. Everybody, we need some serious help here.”
Another person on social media said, “I believe somebody [is] stealing my current or [has] a drop cord run underground connected to my meter…What’s going on with those high bills?”
In addition, someone else in an informal newsgroup chat posted a copy of her electricity bill showing that she paid a total of EC$686.78 for the month of July. However, for the month of August, the bill shows EC $321.22 for Energy Charges, EC $18.00 for Standing Charge and Fuel Surcharge at EC $439.40 for a maximum total of EC $778.62 if paid by September 1, 2022; but is subjected to increased charges if paid after the stipulated time.
Janice Daniel Hodge suggested that the NIA provide immediate relief, noting that a majority of the people cannot afford to pay the hefty fuel surcharge on their electricity bills.