August 18, 2022

There Was Stakeholder Engagement Before Tariff Increment – PURC

The Deputy Head of Digitalization, Research, and Corporate Affairs of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, Rev. Prince Nana Yaw Kessie has stated that Stakeholders were engaged before the tariff Increment.

A few days ago, PURC held a press conference in Accra addressed by the Executive Secretary, Dr. Ishmael Ackah announcing in his statement that electricity has been increased by 27.15% while water tariff has been increased by 21.55% to take effect from 1st September 2022.

He explained that the increment was due to the rise in inflation, exchange rates, and cost of production among others.

He also said the increment was to ensure that the country does not return to ‘dumsor’ and pleaded with Ghanaians to accept the change.

In an interview with Afia Anima Agyeibi on Opemsuo news bulletin, Rev. Prince Nana Yaw Kessie said before arriving at the decision, his outfit engaged citizens, PURC, market women, authorities, trade unions, organized labor, media, etc. before the decision was taken into consideration.

Again, he continued that it’s not their fault to have got the utility tariff increased but to make the situation containable. In 2018, the government reduced it to 17.5% for essential consumers, and 30% for non-essential consumers.

Source: Adwoa Serwaa Yonkodo

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