BWA search on

gm position among those up for grabs

The state-run Barbados Water Authority (BWA) is looking for a new general manager but this does not mean the man currently holding the top post will lose his job, according to a senior official of the water company.

The BWA has advertised a number of posts including that of general manager, director of engineering, director of finance and internal auditor, as it embarks on a major overhaul of its operational structure.

However, Chairman Dr Atlee Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY this afternoon the agency was not considering sending home anyone, at least not in the short term.

“Yuh know the GM [general manager] has been acting. You know normally we are asked to advertise the position. It may well be the present GM may be confirmed in the position . . . so it’s just a question of advertising the position,” Brathwaite said when asked why the position held Dr John Mwansa, was being advertised. Mwansa, the former engineering manager, has been acting in the post for some time.

Here, Acting BWA General Manager Dr John Mwansa (left) is pictured with  Minister of Water Resources Management Dr David Estwick.
Here, Acting BWA General Manager Dr John Mwansa (left) is pictured with Minister of Water Resources Management Dr David Estwick.

Pressed to say if the restructuring would mean retrenching some workers and hiring others with specified skill sets, Brathwaite replied: “No. Restructuring requires a whole look at the institution
. . . and one would not seek to do that [retrench]. What perhaps you would do is reassignment. Reassigning personnel and what have you, but I don’t think we are going down that street. You have to look at it in terms of the overall financial resources we have at our disposal and the many projects that we have at hand.”

The water company chairman spoke of the number of old underground pipes that needed to be replaced and desalinization projects to be established, stressing the BWA would need people to get the job done.

“Any advertisements you see in the paper are the result of the necessary analysis that has been done on the restructuring. For example, we have to modernize our HR [human resources] division, we have to make certain our finance division is well managed and well structured; we have to pay special attention to the procurement division, which is critical to an institution of this type. Of course our engineering department is critical to ensuring that the various infrastructure in terms of ground pipes and the various new plants are effectively and efficiently run,” Brathwaite said.

“And it may well be we can recruit from inside the institution. We have a number of young engineers . . . a number of persons who are well qualified in the institution, but they are working at the level of their capacity and their qualifications. Although the ads are external, it may well be that some of our personnel in the organization can really fill some of those positions,” the BWA chairman said.

Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY the water works company had been getting assistance from Canada, the accounting firm of Ernst and Young, as well as other agencies to complete the restructuring, and that the

Caribbean Development Bank had approved a loan, although he declined to discuss its details.

5 Responses to BWA search on

  1. BaJan boy September 7, 2016 at 4:44 am

    He in care whether the pipe run or walk..

  2. Tony Webster September 7, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Is the Minister also “qualified” to run a critical public utility? On the face of it, professional help in a complete management re-structuring, and in hiring key staf is sensible. However, past performance indicates that such studies can also come in handy for waving around in the house…and then proceeding to do business exactly as usual.

    Uhh….although Ernst & Young is a Barbados-domiciled entity, and would , I guess, find a BDS$ -denominated cheque enetirely to their satisfaction, $5 will get you$50, that the C.D.B. loan will be taken in USD. After all is settled, then we ‘ll need another “implementation” loan, to engage one of those rain-dancers from new Mexico, for a couple years, to actually get the stuff falling again.

    Minutae minute: Hon. Minister needs a slightly larger shirt, as evidenced by a button about to surrender to stress. Some if us, are stressed to find enough to eat; others…well…let’s just say…dem “lucky”. Carefull, Bossman…CNCD’s…

  3. Phil September 7, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Perhaps, just perhaps, two 10 Megawatts state of art wind turbine generators like the ones being put into operation by japan to replace their nuclear power plants, can be placed off shore. These will generate far more electricity to power6 desalinization plants. There you go, over 18 million gallons of H2O pumped into our aquifiers for redistribution to all of Barbados. Those who say it cannot be done are often rudely awaken by someone else doing it.

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