Bawumia justifies recent increment in utility tariffs

Bawumia justifies recent increment in utility tariffs

- Bawumia jabs NDC over utility tariff increment

- The Vice President says a comparative analysis of electricity tariff adjustment shows the NDC increased prices by 166% compared to the NPP's 5% downward adjusment

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has attempted a justification for the over 8% increase in electricity and water tariffs on October 1, 2019.

According to the Vice President, the NDC while in power, cumulatively increased electricity tariff by a whooping 166%.

Between 2013 and 2016, just the last four years of the NDC government, the cumulative increase in electricity tariff was 166%,” Dr. Bawumia said at the launch of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in Accra on Wednesday, October 2.

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He opined that the Akufo-Addo led government on the other hand cut electricity tariff to support and encourage more employment.

“In 2018, we [NPP] reduced electricity prices of businesses by 30% and for households by 17.5 %, an average of around 22%,” he noted.

Dr. Bawumia further argued that the NPP IN July 2018 increased electricity tariff by 11% plus the October 1, 5.6% increment.

When you take the total cumulative increase on average, as I said, between 2017 and today, you have a cumulative decrease of about 5%.

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He thus, concluded that the John Mahama led administration increased electricity tariff by 116% and the NPP have come down by 5% on the average since assuming power in 2017.

He therefore stated that comparatively the NPP’s perforce outweighs the NDC.

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