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Minority Sends Message To Akuffo-Addo Gov't Regarding ''Worsening Levels" Under His Gov't

According to the minority in parliament, Ghanaians should have been protected from increases in utility rates in light of the current financial difficulty because of the widely anticipated $500,000 windfall from the country's share of petroleum products.

According to the caucus, the government "can and must do something to cushion Ghanaians who are going through unimaginable hardships with ever-worsening poverty levels under the Akufo-Addo/Bawumiah led government." This information was included in a statement that was made on Monday, August 15, in response to the increases in utility tariffs.

As of Thursday, September 1, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) had already announced increases in the water and energy tariffs of 21.55 and 27.15 percent, respectively. However, according to the statement from John Abdulai Jinapor, the ranking member of the Mines and Energy Committee, even the rate of 27.15 percent for power is far lower than the rate determined by the caucus.

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"A critical examination of the tariff structure as announced reveals that all residential customers who fall within the 0-300 kWh bracket have experienced a price increase from GHp/kWh 65.4161 to GHp/kWh 89.0422, representing a rise of almost 34%."

It should be emphasized that the majority of residential consumers are within the 0-300 kWh range, therefore the 34% modification will have a negative impact on them. The minority claimed that, in light of the high cost of living and the rise in petroleum product usage, the government must meet consumers halfway, just as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration did in 2016.

The NDC Government intervened after the major tariff review in 2016, which led to a reduction of the rate of increment by almost 50%. "We are of the strongest conviction that Government can and must do something to cushion Ghanaians who are going through unimaginable hardships with ever worsening poverty levels under the Akufo-Addo/Bawumiah led government," the statement reads.

Link: https://3news.com/govt-can-and-must-cushion-ghanaians-minority-rejects-tariff-increases/

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