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Utilities: Electricity Tariffs To Go Up this Week – Minority Warns Ghanaians

The minority in Parliament has taken the pain to warn Ghanaian ahead of the intended electricity tariffs increment in the coming weeks by the government.

Contrary to what the NPP government promised Ghanaians in their manifestoes, the minority in parliament say that Ghanaians should expect a hike in electricity tariffs.

According to the Minority Spokesperson on Energy, Adams Mutawakilu, the NPP government has taken no steps in ensuring that their reduction promise is fulfilled.

It could be recalled that in November last year, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said the government will make recommendations to the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) to ensure a 13% reduction in electricity tariffs.

Delivering his presentation on the 2018 budget, he said the reduction is expected to bring “relief to the poor whose individual consumption actually falls in the subsidized life-line category”.

Now, this will not be the case in the coming weeks as checks by the minority with the PURC rather indicate that there will soon be an increment in electricity tariffs, contrary to government’s promise.

According to him, no recommendation has been made to the board of PURC with regards to any reduction in electricity tariffs.

“You cannot go and announce you are reducing tariffs [because] the PURC as an economic regulator is independent,” Mr Mutawakilu said in an interview with Joy News.

Adams Mutawakilu
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