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Ghanaians told to ignore speculation of 60% electricity tariff increase

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has urged Ghanaians to disregard the speculation of 60% increase in electricity tariffs following recent media reports.

However, the Commission stated that the public should expect a review of utilities’ tariffs on 1 February.

The Commission’s head of public affairs and external relations, Bawah Munkaila, revealed this in an interview with the Ghanaian Times last week.

According to media, in the past, some minority parliamentarians have lamented that the energy sector is in crisis, claiming the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) debt was inching towards ₵2 billion ($407 million), a situation that would increase electricity tariffs by 60%.

No huge increment in electricity tariffs

Munkaila expressed optimism that the Commission is not going to announce any “huge” increment, adding that PURC is engaging with various stakeholders to reach reasonable water and electricity tariffs.

“We have completed our public hearing on tariffs adjustment in Tamale, Kumasi and Accra to enable service providers to present their proposal before stakeholders for consideration after which all these would be evaluated before any announcement is made.

“The commission still welcomes opinions from individuals and civil society groups in written or verbal,” he said.

He also explained that the takeover of ECG would also not result in any excessive increase in electricity tariffs in future, because it is the Commission that has the mandate to adjust tariffs.

Babalwa Bungane
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