New GPL CEO has started in the proper way

Dear Editor,

I compliment the new Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Gordon for being upfront and straight with the Guyanese people about the company’s drive to upgrade its capacity and service.

As an expatriate professional contracted to enhance GPL’s service and build up consumers’ confidence, Gordon boldly stated that this will take time, so no one should have unrealistic expectations. It was an honest and proper way to start.

The new CEO seems well qualified and talented and he has hit the ground running. All Guyanese should give him a chance to improve GPL and transform the nation’s power generation sector, which is vitally important to our economy, our income and our future.

I am sure he and the GPL Board are contemplating a new system of power generation that uses fuel or petroleum byproducts from Guyana’s new oil and gas sector. I am no specialist in oil and gas and I know there will be costs and other challenges, but nothing is impossible; where there’s a will there’s a way.

GPL and Guyana must invest with the future in mind. I hope GPL’s plan of action under Mr Gordon is to bring us more local inputs for power generation. I know the new CEO’s difficulties, corruption being the main challenge, but I know also that among GPL’s workers, managers and administrators there are great people who will help him achieve his goals.

However, he should be aware of and be on the lookout for some employees and contractors who are dishonest, a situation that exists on a massive scale in this country.

Anything can happen, but the first public pronouncements by GPL’s new CEO caused me to think that the company’s management is in good hands. I expect nothing less than a new approach and significantly improved service during his tenure.

Yours faithfully,

Roshan Khan Sr

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