Is Dumsor here to stay? ECG proposes tariff increment to enable efficient operational activities

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has in the midst of ongoing dumsor brouhaha proposed an increase in tariffs to enable the company to operate efficiently.

Speaking at a public forum organized by the ECG on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Budu argued that although he knows that the proposal will only be approved by the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC), the proposal is of much importance to the ECG.

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Because the ECG needs more funds to operate efficiently and effectively to ensure a sustainable supply of power across the country, according to Mr Agyemang Budu.

Currently, lifeline consumers [poor and low-income earners] pay GH₵16 for the power consumed and extra GHS2.13 as service charge, making it a total of about GH₵18.

“We need money to do it [improve]. If we get the increase we will love it [but] that will be up to the PURC because, no matter what we propose, they will ultimately decide,” Mr Kwame Agyemang Badu revealed.

“In terms of distribution, we need support, because we have to do upgrades to make sure the system is sustainable. We don’t wait till something is broken before we fix it. We need additional funds to upgrade our systems at all times.”

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When asked about the impact the proposal will pose on the finances of Ghanaians, Mr Agyeman-Budu said the details will be given should PURC give approval.

That said, a former ranking member of Parliament’s Mines and Energy committee, Mutawakilu Adam has kicked against the proposal, arguing that the ECG has not demonstrated efficiency in its operations to merit an increase in tariffs.

By Kwesi Appiah

Appiah Kwesi Anokye Dennis Jnr, professionally known as Kwesi Appiah is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger and writer.

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