Throughout the day I noticed particularly on social media networks, a rather big issue has been made about the time appearing on a clock in a photo with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs.
As a former Advisor at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, I sought clarification from colleagues within the industry and I have been able to ascertain that the clock in the photograph was actually a satellite clock which displayed an INCORRECT TIME as a result of the power outage knocking it off temporarily.
I was advised by colleagues in the industry that the occurrence is not unlike what happens in the home when electricity goes off and the time on the microwave or alarm clock must be reset, or, in the case of pulling the battery connection in a car, where you must also reset the time.
Satellite clocks will display random times when power is restored and must be re-calibrated in order for the correct time to be displayed. I am sure you will all agree that resetting the time on the clock was not exactly a priority at the time of the PM’s and Energy Minister’s interventions this morning.
As a matter of fact, I have been able to confirm other information which might set your minds at ease and also perhaps inspire confidence at the rate at which the Government responded to what could have been a major national crisis:
(i) The Prime Minister was the first to respond and rallied the entire Cabinet immediately upon hearing the news shortly after the outage;
(ii) The Prime Minister also immediately mobilised the National Security and Protective Services and placed them on high alert;
(iii) The Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs arrived at the Powergen Station in Penal at around 5:08am Friday morning to personally oversee the power restoration work underway
Given the response, and the correct information, the Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, the security and protective forces, as well as other first response agencies deserve some commendation for demonstrating readiness.
For the sake of allaying fears and quelling any attempt to use a crisis as a platform for misinformation, please share this information widely.
My best wishes to you all
Roger D Ramcharitar