ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cabinet has agreed to open the Wadadli Power Plant doors to the scrutiny of media stakeholders.
The announcement was made in a government communiqué Thursday, just a month after Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer commissioned a three-member ministerial committee to investigate claims made in a letter penned by opposition Deputy Leader Gaston Browne.
In Browne’s letter he raised continuing concerns about the power plant and what he considered government’s lack of transparency.
In the letter, government’s Director General of Communications Maurice Merchant said that the committee – comprising Ministers Harold Lovell, Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and Dr Errol Cort’s replacement, Trevor Walker – “reviewed a bundle of documents” concerning the power plant.
The committee recommended that responses “be provided to the questions submitted by the media after the press conference in February” and that the relevant information be disseminated to the media pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
The release said, “Those raising questions about the power plant have reposed maximum trust in the media and have said transparency in this arena will resolve the issue.”
Although a date has not been set, members of the media will be privy to a tour of the plant and a press conference “shortly.”
Browne could not be reached for comment.