'PURC Committed to ensuring quality service delivery'-Sarpong
Koforidua, Feb. 22, GNA - Mr Samuel Sarpong, the Executive Secretary of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), has said the Commission would strive to ensure that utility consumers enjoy quality service in the electricity and water sectors.
Mr Sarpong was speaking at a Public Hearing Forum for Utility Service Providers and Consumers organized by the PURC in Koforidua on Thursday.
The theme for the forum was 'Ensuring Quality of Service for Utility Service Delivery in the Electricity and Water Sectors'.
The forum brought together utility service providers and consumers to dialogue on issues regarding utility service provision in the country.
He said the current state of utility provision in the country had made it imperative that the Commission met stakeholders and consumers to explain the actual issues on the grounds for everyone to understand.
Mr Samuel Fletcher, a representative from the Volta River Authority (VRA), said the country required additional 150 megawatts of energy to opt out of the load shedding exercise and urged consumers to reject the report that the load shedding exercise was going to be tightened.
He said by the end of April this year, the VRA could get the amount of power needed for the provision of electricity in the country, adding that all the necessary machines at Akosombo, Akuse and Aboadze were functioning properly and ready to produce electricity immediately repairs on the gas pipeline are complete.
Mr Albert Quainoo from Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO)said the company had revamped most of the substations with additional transformers to enable enough and consistent power generation.
Dr Smart Yeboah from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) said ECG had gone into agreements with some external energy producing firms to acquire more energy for the sustenance of electricity generation in the country.
From the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Mr Kenneth Anning, gave the assurance that Eastern Region had an appreciable water supply and that the region could have enough water if the Birim River, which is suffering illegal mining, is saved from the practice.