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– But opposition insists that GPL needs to get a handle on line losses By Kiana WilburgGeneral Secretary of the People?s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP), Clement Rohee announced yesterday that the party is most pleased with the recent announcement by President Donald Ramotar that there will be a 10 percent reduction in the electricity rates which will be effective from March 1.PPP General Secretary, Clement RoheeAt his press conference which was held at Freedom House,[url=http://www.cheapjerseysfan.us@#$%&/]Jerseys NFL Wholesale[/url], he said that the new development will provide a much needed boost to various sections of society and complements government?s efforts to transform the country into a modern and developed one.The politician said that it was expected that some $3B would be released directly into the economy to fuel economic activities. Rohee said that this amount would have gone overseas to pay for fuel.Further, the PPP General Secretary said that citizens from all walks of life have welcomed the announcement for its timeliness, as it will ease the pressure on family income and allow for more disposable income to be available.Rohee mentioned that manufacturers and distributors who spend millions of dollars on electricity said it would allow them to save as well as expand in creating jobs and opportunities for other investments and they would now be able to enjoy some relief.The politician however, did not forget mention what he termed,[url=http://www.wholesalejerseyssale.us@#$%&/]Cheap Jerseys Authentic[/url], ?The detractors? who would be quick to cloud the judgment of the consumers that the 10 percent blessing is nothing but a political gimmick.He emphasized that the PPP/C never fell short of passing on various opportunities when they are available for the Guyanese people to save money. He called Guyanese to use their savings as a result of the new development, wisely, and ensure it benefit their families in a lasting way.Be that as it may, some members of the political opposition who are happy about the soon-to-come reduced rates, say they are still concerned about the fact that the electricity company is suffering significant losses.Opposition Leader, David GrangerOpposition Leader,[url=http://www.cheapjerseysshare.us@#$%&/]Cheap Jerseys From China[/url], David Granger in an interview with Kaieteur News said that the rates charged to Guyanese users is already way above that charged in other countries. He said that reduced rates would be very beneficial to the Guyanese populace and it should not only be done as a welfare measure but also as one that can stimulate economic activity.Granger however noted that due consideration must also be extended to the company?s line losses.?Lower rates would be a good development but at the same time we must walk on two feet. GPL must continue to reduce losses through inefficient connections,? he added.Despite concerns by some opposition members that the current administration could possibly ?twist? the reduced electricity costs as a part of its plan to prove it cares, Granger is not the least bit worried.The Leader of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said that even if the government would want to spin the new development along such lines,[url=http://www.salecheapjerseys.us@#$%&/]NFL Jerseys China Wholesale[/url], such a plan would end up being dead on arrival.?It is not enough to erase the damage done by the PPP over the years. 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The company emphasized that the areas accounting for the 60 percent losses have some of the largest population densities.Granger supported and reiterated the call made by Harmon for the Board members and Chairman to be sacked.