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Tariff adjustment proposals for Ghana

 25 September 2007 – Tariff adjustment proposals from various utility service providers have been received; the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) confirmed and assured the public of an announcement as to the outcome as soon as possible.

PURC was petitioned by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to increase tariffs by 100 percent, as of October this year, as a way to ensure full cost recovery.

ECG managing director, Jude Adu-Amankwaah explained that the public needed to pay more in tariff fees because of improvements in the power supply.

Currently, subsidies are paid by the government for domestic tariffs.

Kwame Pianim, PURC managing director has supported the tariff increase, saying it was the only way to ensure efficiency in the sector. However, public relations manager, Nana Yaa Jantuah explained that the Commission would have to consider all industry stakeholders, such as the Association of Ghana Industries, consumer agencies and the general public before a final decision could be reached.

Ms Jantuah pledged that the Commission “would always seek the interests of all”.