NDC rejects 148% increment electricity tariff proposal

Mr. John Abdulai Jinapor
Mr. John Abdulai Jinapor

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the 148% increment electricity tariff proposal by the Electricity Company of Ghana.

In a statement issued by John Abdulai Jinapor (MP), the Ranking Member on Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament said, THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION established under ACT 538, 1997 has a principal mandate of regulating and overseeing the provision of utility services by public utilities to consumers.

According to him, the PURC by practice and convention has adopted the “Automatic Tariff Adjustment Formula” to forestall any unwanted price hikes.

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He said, it is therefore preposterous for the utility companies to propose such astronomical tariff adjustments dating back to 2019.

It will be recalled that, the Minority cautioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when the President during the 2018 State of the Nation address decided to announce electricity tariff reductions contrary to the PURC act.

John Abdulai Jinapor noted that, today the ordinary consumer is being called upon to pay for the debt that has accumulated from that populist reduction.

“These proposed tarrif hikes are completely unacceptable and ridiculous.” John Abdulai Jinapor explained.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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