Consumer advocate George Ebanks says he’s still fed up with Cayman’s high gas prices, even though prices at the pump have dipped.
He’s blaming what he calls the “lame duck government” for its inaction to hold fuel companies accountable for what he called illegal price gouging.
Thursday (7 April), he staged a public march in protest, but found little in the way of public support.
“I guarantee you that many thousands of people stand with me silently against the injustice that is being hoisted on the people of the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Ebanks, his voice echoing through Heroes Square during the lunch hour.
Mr. Ebanks’ planned protest against high fuel costs may not have drawn the huge crowds he hoped for, but Mr. Ebanks told Cayman 27 he’s not afraid to go it alone to make his point.
“I’m willing to march today myself to government and to deliver the message that we are fed up with high gas prices and we are also fed up with their inaction, allowing the fuel companies to get away with illegal price gouging in the islands,” he said.
He says Cayman’s consumers are getting the short end of the stick at the gas pump, even as prices fall to $3.79 a gallon.
“Gasoline is 300% above market, diesel is 289% above market, it’s time for the people to take a stand against this injustice, and this ridiculous pricing policy that the government is allowing to happen,” said Mr. Ebanks.
He believes the blame for this nuisance at the nozzle sits squarely on the shoulders of our elected officials, whose inaction, he said, amounts to impotence.
“They are getting paid for at least another year in office, and within that year, they should be able to take some bold action,” explained Mr. Ebanks. “We have a law in the books, they should be able to enforce that law and at least show the people that they have the ability to somehow or another, to deliver a lower cost of living to the people of the Cayman Islands who are struggling daily.”
Mr. Ebanks says he’s undeterred by the low turnout at Thursday’s protest. He vows to agitate until results have been achieved.
Mr. Ebanks said he has a scheduled meeting with the premier tomorrow to talk about the issue.