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Police stations, clinics, schools phones cut for non-payment

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Several government departments, and institutions, including clinics, police stations, and schools that had their telephones disconnected this week because of non-payment of bills have been reconnected.

The affected fix-lined connections were unable to place or receive calls until the situation was resolved Wednesday evening.

“There had been some disconnections of central government enterprises — some of them,” Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on radio Thursday.

He said that accounting officers in the various government departments have not paid sufficient attention to the timely payment of the government’s telephone bills.

Follow our FeedFollow on FacebookFollow on TwitterGonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, did not meet with Leslie Jack, manager of telecommunications provider LIME, when Jack requested a meeting on Friday. The disconnections, which intensified on Tuesday, are said to have begun with police stations on the weekend.

They resulted from “three sets of problems, all connected to management of the issue,” Gonsalves said. He said that when schools get their telephone bills, they don’t take them in to the Ministry of Education or if they are taken to the Ministry, the person responsible does not deal with them expeditiously.

“So arrears build up,” he said, noting that the government pays about EC$300,000 for telecommunications services every month.

He said that in one department, the person responsible told the head of the department that they didn’t get the bill. “Of course, the bill had come. But the management of the issue was problematic and the person at the top didn’t keep – in fact, that person at the top apologised to me for not keeping the tabs on the issue in her department.”

Gonsalves further said that the permanent secretary of a Ministry that is “a significant culprit” emailed him outlining a number of problems and pointed out that there are “some challenges in reconciling what LIME says … is outstanding”.

The telephones were reconnected Wednesday afternoon after a meeting between LIME and the Director General of Finance and Planning, who has been asked “to take hold of this matter”.

Gonsalves spoke of the LIME manager’s request to meet with him on Friday.

“… I inquired about what. Because if it is a policy issue, you can come and see me; but when I heard it’s an issue of reconciling accounts or something like that, that’s not a matter for the Prime Minister, that’s a matter for the Director General of [Finance and Planning] to handle … through the various persons,” Gonsalves said.

He further said that LIME informed him that the telephones were not disconnected because of Jack’s failure to secure a meeting with him.

Abuse

Gonsalves said that government telephones were being abused.

“There is a lot of abuse in the public service. Lots of abuse and at various institutions throughout the country. Tremendous abuse. The bill for telecommunication services for the government every month is in the region of EC$300,000.”

He said people abuse the telephones even when they require codes to make calls and the cost of fixed-to-mobile calls contribute to the situation.”

“And people would call for social purposes; not really for government work,” he said.

“It is fundamentally a management problem. So I am hoping that this is a wake up call,” he said, adding that previously, when there were disconnections, it only affected outgoing calls.

“I was not displeased that [the telephones were disconnected] for a 24-hour period … except for places like police station, where, it would have effected, I think, over the weekend,” Gonsalves said.

“So it concentrates the minds of those who are suppose to manage this problem properly. I provide overall leadership but the prime minister of this country can’t deal with the paying of a telephone bill. You know that’s a matter for the management in the public service…. And many of them who had their telephones cut off, certainly, if they have any shame, will feel that they have egg all over their face yesterday,” Gonsalves said.

At least two radio personalities on Tuesday dialled live on air the numbers of police stations, clinics, and other departments, all of which were answered by an operator saying that call to the numbers were temporarily restricted. In one instance, the radio personality’s call to “911”, the emergency number, went unanswered after ringing for almost a minute.

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21 thoughts on “Police stations, clinics, schools phones cut for non-payment

  1. Government emloyees as usual they think they can do what they want when they are in charge or Govt offices. Some of them even think that they are better then the ordinary man who is not educated enough to hold a job in these departments. Some of these public services employees, you can’t even ask them a simple question in office,they think you are a fool as you are not dress like them-yes some of them ass..es are above their shoulders. They not only abuse the telephones but also abuse their privilege to serve the public in a professional way. SO MR GONSALVES DONT JUST GET TOUGH ON CERTAIN PEOPLE,AREAS AND THINGS. IN A TRUE REAL DEMOCRATIC ENVIRONMENT,MR GONSALVES YOU NEED TO BALANCE THE SCALE.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | March 1, 2012, 21:59
  2. When people are taught to own the police woman, own the jobs, own government, own the party, own the Kentucky Fried Chicken fraud fund, why not own the telephones

    You reap what you teach, you reap what you sow.

    These people are supposedly one up from the dunce class, they know what they own and they take it.
    Almost every business in Kingstown is owed money by this Marxist government, shame they all don’t have the power that LIME holds to pull the plug.

    Just watch the backlash against LIME, watch the spite and nastiness that will be meted out to them for daring to do such an act as disconect.

    PAY THEM THE MONEY THAT THEY ARE OWED

    Posted by Peter | March 1, 2012, 22:01
  3. It is clear that there is an urgent need for a “Process Review” to be done through the entire operational processes with-in ALL the Government Ministries………………….. I can surely volunteer my help on that matter…………..Let’s talk!

    Posted by Vincy 2 D Heart | March 2, 2012, 10:14
  4. I know that it takes money to run a business, but cutting the lines to essential services such as police an clinics was not a good move, sure the staff at these facilities have to be accountable for their lazy actions on not looking after their bills, but i don’t agree with the cutting of the services, they should of meet with the right people to get this issue rectified before such a bold move, maybe LIME should take there business an head back to Jamaica where there they practice aggression to achieve their goals, if there was a major emergency? will they regret that move or blame it on the government will most people do, THE NAME LIME SUITS THEM WELL, “SOUR AN HARSH”

    Posted by GODWIN | March 2, 2012, 11:27
    • Well, might this be a first time incidence of nonpayment? I don’t know. But I sure that Lime would have understood that situation. Maybe the nonpayment issue is a repeated offence.

      On another note: “…the radio personality’s call to “911”, the emergency number, went unanswered after ringing for almost a minute.”
      Hmmmm… That doesn’t sound good.

      Posted by DWells | March 2, 2012, 16:07
    • Lime does not runs off of lime juice lime have its own expenses to take care of and government need to pay there bills that’s why we pay tax ralf has mash up the economy he knows nothing about finance he’s a dunce when it comes to finance the reason why all these building for government ain’t out of electricity is because vinlec and C.W.S.A are not privately own so don’t blame LIME blame the government they are abunch of jokers they need to pack up and leave.

      Posted by ken | March 2, 2012, 16:41
    • Godwin: So the government bill averages $ 300,000 per mth and the gov’t allegedly owes $ 2.7 million. If true, I guess that it means that the bills haven’t been paid for nine months. And if we assume that some departments are paying their bills on time, then the arrears are significantly longer. How would you feel if you were working for nine months plus without getting paid? LIME is not a charity. They have expenses and need revenue. Sometimes one has to take drastic actions in order to have people notice, or you are ignored. Comrade is right in hoping that this is “a wake-up call”

      Posted by Jan | March 3, 2012, 00:12
  5. VINCY 2 D HEART. You will never stop the rot withour cutting out the Marxist scum regime, the Unity Liars Party.

    If government employees steal phone calls, that is the problem of their employer not LIME. Even if you can’t control the employees, you still have to pay LIME on time. I am sure LIME pay their VAT on time.

    Lets cut through the lies, there was no money in the kitty to pay LIME. Gonsalves quit the crap, find the money and pay the people their money.

    We are all watching to see how you now treat LIME.

    Remember the hospital crap. sheets and pillow cases not available to the patients. Gonsalves said the hospital was being robbed down.
    The truth is that sheets and pillow cases last only between 6 and if your lucky 12 months. Hospital laundry is so harsh it destroys the stock. Not just in SVG, everywhere. The truth was, money was not available to buy replacements. Gonsalved blamed the workers.

    Yet still all you idiots support this Marxist regime and Gonsalves, no wonder he calls you all dunce class.

    GO TO THE FINANCE BUILDING, ALL PHONE CALLS ARE FREE

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | March 2, 2012, 11:57
    • ULP should be offended by this Nasty Dirty Person hiding under the guise of Peter

      Posted by Bolt | March 3, 2012, 12:45
  6. Peter I agree with you, because there was an issue over CWSA payments lately and some talks on Vinlec shortpayments,now is telepnone and even hospital launder too. Well,well,well.Peter I think the ED/dept need to introduce new subjects like logics in the school curriculum to help promote “sensitive awareness” in people.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | March 2, 2012, 16:01
  7. Ahh Ralphie keep it up me boy!!!!!

    While Listening to Mr Lynch on several occasions, there were people calling in from government offices just the heckle the guy. Especially after the last general elections!!!! I know because he has read out the numbers on several occasions, and told us what office that number calling from. That wasn’t seen as wasting at the time, and this has been going on for the better part of 4 or 5 years. No one saw it as wastage then, because these were supporters of the ULP calling just to create mischief…..

    Funny how things come full circle. OWN THE JOBS, OWN THE GOVERNMENT, OWN THE PHONE BILL!!!!

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that VINCY POWA have not seen this as yet….. He’s usually on everything.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 2, 2012, 20:56
  8. I have seen on numerous occasions that workers at my workplace will turn up for work, not even good morning, but they head straight to the phone to make their personal calls and this is happening every single day. This is ridiculous!!! Comrade let them install PAY-PHONES at these institutions!!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | March 2, 2012, 21:24
  9. I AM A CIVIL SERVANT AND WHAT DOCTOR GONSALVES SAID ABUSE , THAT IS A FACT , I WORK IN AN OFFICE WHERE A MEMBER OF STAFF SITS ON THE PHONE FOR MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR AND THE CALL IS NOT A GOVERNMENT CALL ITS ALWAYS PERSONAL , ASKING IF I WAKE YOU , I THINK ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE ON HOW THE USE OF THE PHONE BE DONE.

    Posted by UNITY FOR SVG | March 2, 2012, 21:43
  10. Its not a month that is owed for the phone bills, its 3 months. This is nothing about what calls have been stolen by the staff, its simply the government are broke.

    Companies all over the country are owed money by the government, private companies, also CWSA, VINLEC, government workers and employees, landlords of property leased by the government, land owners at Argyle who had their land taken for the airport. Many of these bills go back for more than three years.

    Lime have a big labour force and need to pay their employees. If they didn’t pay their VAT on time they would instantly be prosecuted. If the didn’t pay their property tax, their vehicle road tax, their electricity, their water, they would instantly be in trouble with the government. They have been abused by the government for years, the government only pay half the LIME service cost as a private person would.

    The country is bankrupt, as was the NCB bank and the government supermarket. Gonsalves just wont accept that he is beaten. Next we will default on loans, bonds and treasury bills, what a mess, what a mess.

    I told you all about the phone bills two days before Gonsalves gave a press conference on the matter, what a load of crap and lies he put forward.

    Its only a matter of time before implosion occurs.

    Posted by Peter | March 3, 2012, 00:12
  11. ever notice that the pm always have an excuse

    Posted by twisted | March 3, 2012, 07:47
  12. I won’t doubt that persons who are responsible for making sure that these bills are being paid are the ones who are sabotaging the government. There are lots of NDPites in high offices, and are working to see this government fail, so watch out Comrade!!!! Deal with them when they are caught!!!

    Posted by no-nonsense | March 3, 2012, 16:15
  13. Vincy In Bad Shape are you talking about that dirty first class Vincentian liar Vincy Powa. His day has come all his lies and cover- ups has turned back on him like retribution,the boy must be some where coiled up in a corner now like a SHAME luppy dog. This is what does happen when someone tries to make others look shame by telling lies and now has to encounter the ‘REVERSED SHAME’ VINCY POWA WAS telling lies and covering up govt dirty works for months,GOOD FOR HIM NOW.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | March 3, 2012, 17:51
  14. And BOLT you should you very ignorant and uninformed person, unlike BOLT, Peter is my real name.

    Posted by Peter | March 3, 2012, 20:30
  15. Guess we have to send some magic jacks for the government. Sad situation especially for those emergency lines clinics,police stn etc.

    Posted by smooth | March 3, 2012, 20:56
  16. BOLT there are several people including myself who wrote in support of what Peter is claiming in that Gonsalves must stop making excuses and pay up the Damm bills. SO INORDER TO MAKE YOUR POST SOUND LIKE IT IS WRITTEN BY AN INTELLIGENT PERSON PUT THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE REFERRING TO HIDING BEHIND THE GUISE OF PETER and REMEMBER MAKING SLANDER OR LIBEL IS NO GOOD IF YOU DONT HAVE SUPPORTING EVIDENCE CALLED PROOF. SO POST SOME FACTS TO PROOVE IF WHAT YOU SAY WILL MAKE SENSE.

    Posted by Prof-Dasilva | March 4, 2012, 01:47
  17. I notice VINCYPOWA has little to say, its sometimes difficult to protect Gonsalves from damage by the truth, even by the Marxist scum brigade.

    Not much to be able to invent lies about, eh NANCYPOWA.

    Posted by Peter | March 4, 2012, 13:44

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