Minority Members of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic has explained why they opposed illegitimate electricity service charges by the Electricity Company of Ghana.
In a statement issued by John Abdulai Jinapor (MP) cum Ranking member on Mines and Energy Committee, the Minority in Parliament has noted with grave concern some steep and astronomical increases in service and other related charges within the electricity sector, averaging at almost 100%.
According to the Minority, even more worrying is the fact that these increments have been carried out in the most opaque and clandestine manner without recourse to any public announcement by the Public Utility and Regulatory Commission.
The Minority in Parliament wishes to state in unequivocal terms that they completely reject these draconian price hikes given the current economic conditions as well as the surreptitious manner with which the exercise has been carried out.
They further said, this unorthodox approach is in complete violation of laid down processes, which require that consumers are notified of such adjustments prior to implementation.
The Minority is therefore calling for the immediate suspension of these price increments to allow for better consultation and also ensure that due process is adhered in this regard.