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Minority MP’s accuse ECG of charging unapproved fees through back door

The Minority Members on Parliament’s Committee on Mines and Energy are accusing the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) of unilaterally increasing tariffs by 33% and passing it on to consumers.

Speaking to the Media in Parliament, the Former Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor alleged that the bulk generation tariff, which comprises Volta River Authority (VRA) charges and Independent Power Producers (IPP) rates, was pegged at a composite figure of 42.9 pesewas per kilowatt hour by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in the gazetted tariffs released in March 2018.

The gazette, he said, was “in accordance with Act 538 of the PURC Act, as the PURC is the only entity mandated to gazette tariffs and ensure that it is passed on to consumers”.

However, Mr. Jinapor noted that “just recently, the ECG laid their work plan before parliament, which is also mandatory. When I checked and did the analyses, I realised that this amount (of the bulk generation tariff) has been increased by 33% to an amount of 52.7 pesewas per kilowatt hour”.

Mr. Jinapor explained that it translated into a “33% increase in the composite bulk generation tariff, which ultimately is passed on to you the consumer”.

But responding to the allegation by the Former Minister, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Gyamfi, Chairman on the Mines and Energy Committee said that it was a mischievous attempt which wouldn’t yield any better outcome.

He said the Minority Member was triggered to address the press in that manner because the ECG had complained of lost of revenue thereby suggesting to the committee for an increment.

Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Gyamfi said the PURC only requested for a proposal from the ECG ahead of next year tariff increment.

He called on the general public to ignore the Former Minister since it was a mischievous attempt.

 

Source – Kofi Doe Lawson / hbtvghana.com