Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Energy workers told not to fear the uncertainty

Chairman of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) Dr. Asquith Thompson

Chairman of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) Dr. Asquith Thompson

Despite the atmosphere of uncertainty looming, employees in the Energy sector have been told to look for the silver lining.

This message came from Chairman of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) Dr. Asquith Thompson as he lauded staff for their work throughout the year, emphasizing that the efforts have been so positive that there has been nothing in either print or electronic media that has said otherwise.

He said while he is unsure what the future holds, since Barbados is going through a rough time with its restructuring programmes, he is optimistic that the future will be better, and he called on employees to stay positive and to continue to show professionalism as they serve the people of Barbados.

“As we look forward to the New Year, I cannot tell you with any certainty what if will bring. In fact, no one can. As all of us are aware, Barbados is going through a testing period with sacrifices required from all of us. What I can assure you, based on the lessons of history, is that tough times never last.”

His audience comprised staff from three institutions in a setting that did not augur for work, but for drinks food and fellowship as they took part in their annual Christmas luncheon. It was The Clifton Hall Great House in St. John that was the venue for the luncheon of The National Petroleum Corporation (NPC), The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and The Barbados National Oil Company Group (BNOCL) on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Also addressing yesterday’s luncheon was Chairman of BNOCL Alex McDonald, who called on those present to stay focused and to look forward to a bright future.

Adding his words to the occasion was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Jehu Wiltshire, who filled in for Minister Wilfred Abrahams, who could not attend to give the feature address.

Wiltshire said they are working through the many challenges to ensure that the sector functions even better. He hinted that the restructuring of the Barbados Water Authority along with the fixing of the issues on the South Coast can help some of the hiccups they are facing.

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