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Economic management team forces PURC to raise electricity tariff – minority says

The minority in Parliament accused the government of pressuring the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to approve the Ghana Electricity Company (ECG) tariff proposals.

According to the ranking member of the energy committee, the economic management team under Bawumia electricity tariffs has increased to an “astronomical level”.

ECG is requesting a rate increase of approximately 148 percent. The PURC has since started consultations with a view to reviewing the tariffs.

But speaking to the media in parliament on Wednesday, John Jinapor called on the government to find ways to deal with the current hardships facing Ghanaians instead of seeking to make the situation worse.

According to him, with the recent difficulties faced by Ghanaians, it is not appropriate to impose electricity increases on Ghanaians.

He added that in the current economic situation, “the government is expected to stand up, think outside the box, accept responsibility and do what is necessary.”

“You will recall that fuel prices went up more than 100% in less than six months. It is unprecedented; inflation explodes to more than 30% with food inflation, at the top of the ranking. »

He added that “the cedi is in freefall. Today the city sells for 8.2¢ to $1 indeed, the cedi is falling like a coconut tree up there.

“Ghanaians are going through dire poverty Ghanaians are going through untold hardship. Indeed today, if you talk to the ordinary Ghanaian, how to make three square meals is a major challenge. Food shortages have been reported in our various markets.

“There are reports of fuel rationing at the various pumps. And so now is not the time to exacerbate and increase the burden of the ordinary Ghanaian with such hikes and electricity tariffs.

Accordingly, he called on civil society, the TUC, well-meaning Ghanaians and all of us to signal to the government that we are fed up with this disastrous performance.