Reasons For Utility Tariffs Increment Are “Fraudulent”…Don’t Pay! – Kofi Kapito To Consumers

The Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Agency [CPA], Kofi Kapito says customers of electricity and water should “not pay” the new tariff increment. He explained that the services provided by the two utility service providers are the worse ever in years. “Their services are so damn poor,” he said The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission has reviewed upwards, electricity and water tariffs after which electricity has gone up by 6.54 percent while that of water has been increased by 4.54 percent. According the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PURC, Nana Yaa Gyantua told Asempa FM that the Ghana Water Company will, however, not be able to charge the new rates until certain challenges are fixed. She enlightened that, the increases have been necessitated by the shift to crude oil for generation of power occasioned by erratic gas supply from Nigeria. However, in an interview with Asempa FM, outspoken Kofi Kapito insisted that, all reasons cited by the PURC are bogus. According to him, the water services is even “far better” than electricity yet “the commission says the water company have to regulate its measures and services before their increment will take place”. Adding that, “Their reason [PURC] for the tariff addition is a total fraud Furious Kapito thus urged Ghanaians to demonstrate strongly against the increment since the two bodies have done nothing to solve the erratic power supply and shortage of water which have been a burden on patrons. “Ghanaians should demonstrate against the government, EGC and Water Company. Their services are really bad. They should not pay the new increment,” he fumed.