Explanation Power crisis due to 2013 tariff reduction - PURC

Electricity tariff was reduced by 25 percent in 2013, after the PURC announced a 78.9 per cent hike.

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Director of Public Affairs and External Relations of PURC, Nana Yaa Jantuah play

Director of Public Affairs and External Relations of PURC, Nana Yaa Jantuah

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The Public Affairs Director of the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission has said the current power crisis the country has been plunged into is due to the reduction in tariffs in 2013.

“We noticed that if we were not careful this country would be plunged into massive load shedding, …because in that tariff we made an account for crude oil that can be bought for the plants in case our prediction comes true.

“That tariff was almost halved into two and we were desperate because we said if this thing is touched there would be massive load shedding and nobody listened. We go for meetings and everybody is desperate because we knew what would happen,” she told Accra-based Starr FM.

Electricity tariff was reduced by 25 percent in 2013, after the PURC announced a 78.9 per cent hike.

This was despite warnings from the PURC that such a move will lead to severe power crisis.

Meanwhile, the Christian Council of Ghana has asked the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission to reverse the recent utility tariff hikes.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Council said it was not happy about the decision by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to increase electricity and water tariffs by 59.2 and 67.2 per cent for electricity and water respectively ahead of the Christmas season.

“This decision by the PURC, especially in these very difficult economic times where businesses are struggling to thrive, coupled with the current high cost of living and erratic supply of water and electricity is very insensitive, unfortunate and must quickly be reversed.”

Commenting on the matter, Nana Yaa Jantua said her outfit is ready to dialogue with the Christian Council of Ghana.

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