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Petroleum Retailers hold successful meeting with PM

Senior civil servants are expressing optimism following a positive meeting members of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA) had with Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis today.

The group, comprising over 20 retailers, threatened to strike this week as they are losing money due to a spike in oil prices. A strike could have a devastating impact on motorists and local businesses.

They met with the prime minister and Minister of Economic Affairs Michael Halkitis today to discuss the rising cost of fuel.

Senior civil servants who attended the meeting applauded the respectful tone the Davis Administration struck during the sit-down as opposed to the arrogance and ignorance often displayed by senior members of the former Free National Movement (FNM) government led by Dr. Hubert Minnis.

Though no agreement was reached during the meeting, insiders say it was very cordial and petroleum retailers walked away feeling optimistic that their concerns will be looked into and addressed in a timely manner.

Oil prices have soared globally following Russia’s unrelenting attack on Ukraine.

Motorists on New Providence have seen gas prices exceed $6 a gallon.

Though some experts have predicted prices could hit $8 a gallon in the near future, Halkitis has maintained he does not think prices will exceed $7 per gallon.

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Apr 14, 2022

First of all, by meeting with the dealers is a good start, however, fuel like electricity , water and even telecommunications is a part of the our security. Any threat to destabilize our way of living should be taken as a very serious issue... This government or any future elected body must have a contingency plan to ward off this sort of behavior from a private entity. The people of the Bahamas deserves better and we should not be held hostage by anyone or thing. The dealers are greedy folks and we continue to pay a high cost for basic needs and services. Our wages have not increase but the cost of living continues to rise.

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