The Minority in Parliament has noted with grave concern, about what he describes as “steep and astronomical increases” in service and other related charges within the Electricity sector averaging at almost 100%.
Speaking on behalf of the minority, Member of parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu and also the Ranking member Mines and Energy, Mr John Abdulai Jinapor stated that, what is 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 Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) took the decisions in an opaque manner without recourse to any public announcement by the Public Utility and Regulatory Commission.”
He added that, Minority in Parliament wishes to state in unequivocal terms that we 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.
“This unorthodox approach is in complete violation of laid down processes which require that consumers are notified of such adjustments prior to implementation.”
They therefore call for the immediate suspension of these price increments to allow for better consultation and also ensure that due process is adhered in this regard.
The MP for Yapei-Kusawgu also raised the recent increase of fuel prices in the country.
He pleaded on the government to do something about it in other to bring relief to Ghanaians.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, announced its new charges for services.
The power distribution company indicated ¢1,020 for a single-phase meter instead of the existing ¢400.00. Also, new consumers interested in a three-phase meter will pay ¢1,920 instead of the previous ¢700.
Source: MyGhanaMedia.com / Philomena Kuntu Blankson – Parliament Reporter