New Utility Tariffs Suspended

The new tariff increment which has generated public uproar in the country has been suspended.

This follows a directive by an Accra High following a suit by Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) led by Kofi Kapito. The Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) announced a 59.2 percent and 67.2 percent hikes in electricity and water last week Monday.

The CPA prayed the court to set aside the 59.2% increase in electricity tariff announced by the PURC which was expected to take effect on Monday December 14, 2015.

Kofi Kapito in the writ said the increase is unfair and illegal in the wake of the power crisis known in local parlance as Dumsor in the country. The High Court heeded the plea and has ruled that the new tariffs be suspended.

Some Ghanaians who spoke to Adom News expressed joy at the directive by the court. They indicated that an increase in the tariff was a double jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of African Institute of Energy and Sustainability, Dr. Samuel Kojo Nuamah is calling for the PURC to live up to its constitutional mandate and seek the welfare of the consumers. According to him, PURC is irrelevant and has outlived its usefulness.

Dr. Kojo Nuamah added that the body which is expected to seek the welfare of consumers is rather in bed with the power producers to overburden Ghanaians.