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11.11.2013 Politics

Govt cannot be commended for acting under pressure - Kabila

By|Adwoa Gyasiwaa
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A member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfe says government deserves no commendation for reviewing the recent tariff increment announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC).

Government following a review of the report by the Technical Working Group tasked to study the new utility tariffs announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced a reduction in electricity tariffs by 25 percent.

This means consumers will now pay 59.18 percent as against the 78.9 per cent announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC)

A communiqué signed by a deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Felix Kwakye Ofosu said: "The starting point of the electricity tariff increase towards full cost recovery has been reduced by 25 percent. That means the starting point towards the full cost recovery reduces from 78.9% to 59.18% with effect from 1st October 2013."

But Kwabena Bomfe on Peace FM said he is not enthused about the reduction because it is characteristic of the Mahama-led administration's kneejerk reaction to solving issues.

According to him, government acted under pressure after Organized Labour had threatened to hit the street if utility tariffs were not reviewed.

“The strike is something that could have brought the country to a standstill” he added.

Kabila as he is popularly called bemoaned what he described as the wait and see attitude of government, adding that it only reacts after things gets out of hand.

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