MiDA Privatisation Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby voices support for ECG fine

The commission in slapping the fine said it is punishing ECG for the non-provision of services to its clients during a three-day strike by staff of the Company.

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Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby has voiced support for the GHC 202,640 fine imposed on the Electricity Company of Ghana by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC).

The commission in slapping the fine said it is punishing ECG for the non-provision of services to its clients during a three-day strike by staff of the Company.

However, multiple media reports suggest ECG has decided not to pay the fine, describing PURC's fine as arbitrary.

But Dr Wereko-Brobby, a former boss of the Volta River Authority, said PURC acted "rightly" by imposing the fine on the management f ECG.

In an interview with Citi FM, he said failure to pay the fine will constitute anarchy.

He said: “the PURC has acted rightly in asking the management of ECG to pay, and if they won’t pay they have to show just cause and reason why they won’t pay…To simply say we will not pay and we are not responsible, that is anarchy…I think it is unfortunate that anybody will say they wouldn’t pay because they think it is capricious and it is not their fault.”

According to him, the ECG should be compelled to give tangible explanations as to why it should not be fined if it decides to challenge the PURC’s  move.

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In a statement, PURC warned that“failure by the ECG to comply with this order shall attract an additional GH¢10,000 for each non-compliance order.”

The staff of ECG embarked on a nationwide sit-down strike for three-day in protest of a government decision to release ECG to a concessionaire.

During this time the PURC asked the leaders of the Company to put in contingency measures to ensure that customers are served without any hitches. This request was not met by ECG.

The PURC argues that this is a breach of LI 1861 and LI 1935 hence the need for the Commission to protect the consumer.

“The commission has the mandate to protect the interests of the consumer and ensure the financial viability of the utility service provider and we will tip this balance carefully and equitably by using all the relevant laws and regulations available to assist us fulfil our regulatory mandate.”

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