Mr Kofi Kapito, the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency, has lashed out at the Electricity Company of Ghana over their recently proposed increment in tariffs.
According to Mr Kofi Kapito, the timing of their proposal is wrong considering the fact that ‘dumsor‘ has slowly crawled its way back into the normal livelihood setting of Ghanaians.
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During the latter parts of the just-ended week, the ECG in a public forum made a proposal for an increment in electricity tarrifs so the company can operate effectively and efficiently as they look forward to curbing the recent spike in power outages across the country.
But speaking in an interview with Citi News, Mr Kofi argued that given the recent power outages and the possible destruction of various appliances of some Ghanaians, the PURC [Public Utility Regulatory Commission] should focus on seeking compensation for customers who have been affected by the recent erratic power supply.
“The timing is very wrong considering what the Ghanaian is going through when it comes to these recent power outages. The outages are the concern of the Ghanaian. I think if the outages are solved or resolved, we can look at these non-tariffs that ECG is proposing,” Mr Kapito said.
“PURC [Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission] should actually look at what has gone on with the recent power outages as to how they will compensate Ghanaians who might have their appliances destroyed,” he added.
However, the last tariff increment was in October 2019. The PURC as at that time oversaw a 5.94% increment in the tariffs. As to how the body arrived at such calculation, it used the automatic adjustment formula to determine the real cost of electricity.
Factors like the Ghana Cedi-US dollar exchange rate, inflation, demand forecast and electricity cost accounted for that increment.
Nonetheless, the current proposal will only materialise after approval from the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission.