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CPA kicks against proposed tariff increases; says timing is wrong

The Consumer Protection Agency of Ghana (CPA) is kicking against proposed tariff adjustments by the Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company Limited.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the CPA, Kofi Kapito, any possible increment in electricity tariffs would be ill-timed.

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While Mr Kapito acknowledges the need for some marginal adjustment, he maintains that now is not the time for the Public utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to be considering such proposals from the ECG.

He says the PURC must rather be focused on seeking compensation for customers who have lost electrical gadgets due to 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,” Kofi Kapito said in an interview with Accra based Citi FM.

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“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.

The request for an increase in tariffs has come from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

In the midst of the current trend of intermittent power supply, ECG, says it needs an increment in its tariffs to aid its operational activities.

The last increment in electricity tariffs was in October 2019.

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