Ramsey McDonald, Customer Relations Manager at the JPS
Eight persons have been dismissed by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) in the last year as the entity ramps up its campaign against electricity theft.
Five of the individuals were directly employed to JPS, while the other three were contractors.
Ramsey McDonald, Customer Relations Manager at the JPS, told a media briefing Wednesday morning that the men were dismissed after investigations revealed they were involved in electricity theft.
Since the start of the year, the JPS has spent US$177.9 million on fuel imports and has lost US$32.2 million of that due to electricity theft, Mr. McDonald revealed.
More than 200,000 householders and business operators steal electricity daily, according to the company.
This represents about 18 per cent of the electricity produced.
The company has allocated US$30 million to fight electricity theft, which is double the amount allocated last year.