The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has jabbed government for its silence about the Electricity Company of Ghana and the Ghana Water Company Limited pushing for an increase in their tariffs.
In a tweet on May 12, he stated that when free water and electricity were introduced, government pushed President Akufo-Addo to announce it and took the full credit ahead of 2020 elections.
He noted that, now that there is a proposal of astronomical increase in tariffs the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has been pushed to the fore front.
“21 gun salute for government PR: when it’s about free water and free electricity, they get President Akufo-Addo to frontally announce it so he takes full credit ahead of 2020 elections; when the elections are over and they decide on sky high bills, they put ECG and GWCL forward," the lawmaker stated.
Recently, ECG and GWCL have been in the news over a proposed tariff increment.
The Electricity Company of Ghana has proposed an increase of 148% in tariff while the Ghana Water Company Limited has proposed an increase of 334% in its tariff.
Subsequently, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in a statement on May 11 announced that it had not approved the said tariffs, but it has initiated stakeholder discussions for the utility companies and their stakeholders as well as the commission and its stakeholders.