Watch: People should not suffer due to the corrupt Electrogas deal – PN

The Opposition reiterated its call urging the government to slash utility bills by half.

The Nationalist Party is again calling on the government to slash electricity, water and fuel tariffs by 50% in view of the decrease in oil and gas prices.

This was stated by PN MP Ryan Callus during a press conference at the PN’s headquarters to explain why people are paying high utility bills. The press conference was also addressed by PN MPs Claudette Buttigieg and Herman Schiavone.

On Tuesday, the Opposition issued a press statement to call on to government for an immediate decrease in electricity, water and fuel tariffs in the light of the health department instructions to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak and the lowest international oil prices since 1983.

Opposition spokesperson for Energy, Ryan Callus, explained that the oil prices have slumped to a record low after oil producers ran out of space to store the oversupply of crude left by the coronavirus crisis.

Callus explained that the government has made a deal with Electrogas for 18 years despite the fact that using the interconnector and the BWSC power station to generate electricity is cheaper than buying it from Electrogas.

Ryan Callus mentioned how in the meantime SOCAR is an intermediary for Malta to buy gas and for this SOCAR is receiving €40 million in commissions.

The Opposition spokesperson for Energy asked why the government is finding all the excuses not to lower utility bill even after international oil prices crashed and the price of gas has decreased by 36%.

Callus also mentioned how from the Electrogas deal, the former Chief of Staff at Castille Keith Schembri and former Minister Konrad Mizzi were to receive €5,000 a day.

The €5,000 a day were to be transferred in Schembri’s and Mizzi’s secret Panama companies from the 17 Black, the secret company in Dubai owned by businessman Yorgen Fenech who is being accused of complicity in organising and financing the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

PN MPs Claudette Buttigieg and Herman Schiavone said that the people are the victims of the corrupted deal signed by the Labour government under the helm of Joseph Muscat.

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