PURC In Trouble PURC To Be Dragged To Court Over Tariff Increment

Kofi Kapito has threatened to drag the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission to court over the recent utility tariff increment.

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Nana Yaa Jantuah, Communications Director of PURC play

Nana Yaa Jantuah, Communications Director of PURC

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Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), Kofi Kapito has threatened legal action against the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) over the recent utility tariff hikes.

He said the PURC have failed to take into consideration the plight of Ghanaians in the midst of the energy crisis, which is collapsing industries and small businesses.

While President Mahama has promised on a number of occassions to banish the crisis completely, the power minister, on the other hand, has promised to leave office if the situation is not resolved by end of year.

Nonetheless, all of these promises have come to naught, with Ghanaians experiencing fewer and fewer hours of electricity supply.

As if all these problems are not enough, the PURC yesterday announced an increment in electricity and water tariffs.

The new prices which will take effect from April 1, 2015 saw electricity going up by 2.63% while water goes up by 1.06%.

According to the PURC, the increase has become necessary in order to preserve the current load shedding situation by supporting the power producers to maintain its network to avoid an immediate collapse of the distribution network.

But in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, the CPA boss expressed frustration at the recent increment, describing it as a total failure by the regulator.

He wondered why PURC did not consult its agency or other stakeholders before coming out with the increment.

“And so is PURC telling us that they cannot see what Ghanaians are going through? If it were to be another country, I'm sure that it would have caused chaos.

“In fact, we are speaking to our lawyers on the issue and we are planning on heading to court to seek an injunction against the increment or better still if the need be we will demonstrate.

“They need to fix the dumsor problem before increasing it” he insisted.

Source: Adomonline

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