NCOPT Official Says Government Put Cart Before The Horse In Fuel Hikes

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The Second Vice President of the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) believes the government effectively put the cart before the horse in recent fuel increases and could have handled the matter better.

“I believe the way they went about dealing with the increase in fuel prices it is putting the cart before the horse,” Michael Flood told St Lucia Times.

On Monday, gasoline and diesel increased from $3.07 to $3.29 per litre or $13.95 to $14.95 per gallon locally.

In addition, the LPG 100 Pound Cylinder (45.36kg) increased from $257.95 to $266.43.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday after the price hikes took effect, Transport Minister Stephenson King highlighted the need to sit down with bus operators to develop a mechanism allowing them to operate at an economical rate while not affecting commuters.

However, the NCOPT Second Vice President referred to King’s suggestions at a previous meeting with the council.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that they knew there would have been an increase,” Flood declared.

As a result, he told St Lucia Times the best way of handling the issue would have been to meet with the NCOPT and not for the Transport Minister to have a telephone conversation with the council’s President, Godfrey Ferdinand, who is in the United States on vacation.

The Transport Minister had disclosed a meeting with Ferdinand on Friday.

“We had a meeting with the President of the NCOPT on Friday,” were King’s words to reporters on Monday on the sidelines of a Cabinet session.

However, Michael Flood told St Lucia Times that the former Prime Minister has a ‘huge problem’ regarding the truth.

“I, Michael Flood, there have been five or six meetings with the Minister and I, Michael Flood, refuse to sit at a meeting with Stephenson King and I’ll make it clear. This man – he has a huge problem with the truth,” the NCOPT Second Vice President declared.

Describing himself as a very straightforward individual, Flood explained that he would not want to disrespect King in the Castries North MP’s capacity as a Minister at his own Ministry.

Nevertheless, he said he understands that the Permanent Secretary had contacted the NCOPT First Vice President indicating a willingness to meet.

“That meeting is in the making,” Flood explained.

But he revealed that the council has not met with the Minister or the Ministry within the past week.

 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Stop making all you political bias so clear. Just go down memory lane and you would remember all these same SLP’s categorize King as the lying King. Kenny, Pierre, Musa, Alva, Shawn, Helaire and the likes made it clear that King could not be trusted with the truth. What has happened all of a sudden, has King suddenly become a Cinderella.

  2. I think Covid taught us that it is not necessary to be in the same room with someone or the same country to have a meeting with them.

  3. Where was Mr Flood during the Chastanet to vouch his opinion as how the government was doing the country business -vat where he said doing away with vat won’t do any good to st Lucian’s. He was the same Chastanet who said he’d do away with vat & the list goes on. U Mr Flood kept quiet. Today u have the audacity to say the government put the horse before the cart. Since when you’re an Economist. Hypocrites

  4. How is it that because fuel went up on the world market it is up here? The fuel we have here was here already for six months…way before this war. So why is a fuel increase justifiable at this time?

    • Very valid comment, the price increase should start at the point the supplier incurs the increase.

      Basically the existing stock of gas was purchased at the lower price.

  5. wow and king making people believe he had an actual meeting with the people. Wow , maybe king resorted to that phone call to godfrey Ferdinand alone cause he knows he wont say the truth as Mr flood explains and knows how flood stands concerning him on this and does not want to be in the same room with him. Maybe Godfrey Ferdinand is a close friend that voted blue

  6. Perfect example of bias …chastnet build horse race track before fixing st.judes , you never said a word . Much wrongful deeds that was done by UWP , now you and chastnet on news everyday quarreling. This same chastnet that would scold at reporters…wow

  7. Not because your boss is a professional Liar you have to follow him like a puppet and then become a professional Liar too.

  8. Very sad when you have people with their personal agenda representing an important sector as the NCOPT.
    Is Mr Flood saying that the minister could not have had a meeting with Mr Ferdinand because he is out of the island ?
    How sad and ignorant of Mr Flood.
    Another UWP has been, trying to remain relevant.

  9. If you cannot keep your political preferences out of your professional duties then you are not fit for the position

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