Power Supply in Ghana IUC wades into ECG sales; slams privatisation deal

The group's general secretary, Mr Solomon Kotei, asked the government to settle its debt to the company instead of selling it.

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play The government is set to lease ECG to a private company for 25 years as part of the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Account signed by the Government in August 2014.
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The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (IUC) has waded into the debate over the sale of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), accusing the government of reneging on its debt service to ECG.

The group's general secretary, Mr Solomon Kotei, asked the government to settle its debt to the company instead of selling it.

"What has made ECG wobbling is the debt. And the debt is not coming from the ECG or the private individual, those debt are coming from the government. So if it goes into a private hand, is the government now going to be disciplined and be paying [it bills]? this what we are asking?," he told TV3 Friday.

"Because as we speak now if you go to the ministries, they owe and nothing is happening. When they are given their budgetary allocation, it is not enough to pay ECG," he added.

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The government is set to lease ECG to a private company for 25 years as part of the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Account signed by the Government in August 2014.

The concession has come under intense opposition from ECG workers and the Trades Union Congress.

Following the agitation that has greeted the sale of the company, Mr Kotei urged the government to be transparent with the Workers of ECG over the sale of the company.

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