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I Knew We Were Going To Pay Off That Thing; Massive Reactions As Utility Tariffs increase

It is said that to get one thing that we like, we usually have to give up another thing that we like. Making decisions requires trading off one goal against another. A Chinese adage also indicates that one cannot manage too many affairs; like pumpkins in water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other. The Spanish also have a popular saying that, not to watch your workmen is to lose your money.

A Latin proverb says haste manages all things badly. Moroccans have a popular adage that, manage with bread and salted butter until God brings something to eat with it.

John Tusa, a popular philosopher, once said that leaders that want to change a nation must first show it loves that nation. Lee Iacocca also indicated that leadership is nothing more than motivating other people. Malcolm S once said that pay your people the least possible and you will get from them the same.

The Public Utility Regulatory Commission has announced that effective September 1, 2022, water would be increased by 21 percent and electricity by 27.15 percent. What does the government seek to gain?

Readers can recall how during the covid times, the government acknowledged receipt of donations and grants from all over the world.

Interestingly, the government announced some free water and free electricity for all citizens.

It is good to note that the PURC has now announced a drastic increase in the prices of water and electricity. Is this a method of getting back their 'free lunch? No wonder, economists say that there is nothing like a free lunch.

Many Ghanaians have asked why the government should increase tariffs at a time that the inflation rate is hovering around 31.7 percent and the credit rating of the country has been downgraded. Several Ghanaians have complained about the announcement since their salaries have not experienced any increase yet.

Are Ghanaians paying for the free water and electricity via the increase in tariffs?

What are your thoughts on the ongoing discussion?

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