- ECG says it needs more funds to be efficient
- It is, therefore, calling for tariff hikes
- The proposal is subject to approval by the PURC
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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has asked for a tariff increase to support its operations.
Speaking on Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Managing Director of the state power distributor, Kwame Agyeman-Badu said the company needs the money to improve its operations amid incessant power outages across the country.
“If we get the increase, we will love it [but] that will be up to the PURC because, no matter what we propose, they will ultimately decide,” he stated.
He added: “In terms of distribution, we need support because we have to do upgrades to make sure the system is sustainable. We don’t wait till something is broken before we fix it. We need additional funds to upgrade our systems at all times.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, assured that Ghana will not slip back into the prolonged period of outages between 2012 and 2016 christened ‘Dumsor’.
The minister’s remarks come on the back of incessant power cuts in various parts of the country in the past few days, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘Dumsor’ era.
Despite these unannounced power cuts, the Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) said the country has enough power to supply.
That notwithstanding, it revealed that it is in talks with ECG and NEDCo to roll out a timetable for power outages across the country.
“We should all be sincere and truthful in our communication. In 2016, the whole country was given periods when we are to receive power and when to be off. In 2016, the government of the day told us it was a generation problem," Prempeh stated.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, a fetish priest in the Eastern region reportedly leaked semi-nude videos of a woman who had visited his shrine to seek his intervention over the controversial enstoolment of new Okuapemhene, YEN.com.gh gathered.
Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo Ababio was installed as the new paramount chief for the Akuapem Traditional Area in May 2020, succeeding Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwa III who died six years ago.
Unhappy with the installation of the new Okuapemhene, the aforementioned woman identified as Atta Magali visited the shrine to kill all those behind the installation of the new Okuapemhene, Starr FM reported.
Atta Magali, the outlet reported, was captured on the videos chanting to kill President Akufo-Addo, the new Okuapehene Oseadeyo Kwasi Akufo II, Victor Newman a presidential staffer now deceased, and many others who backed the installation of the new Okuapehene.
Atta Magali in one of the leaked videos from the shrine of Torgbe Shitor, the fetish priest operating in Akyem Kukurantumi of the Eastern Region, could be heard chanting to the gods in a piece of cloth around her waist saying: “agoo agoo, nananom it is me Attaa sister to Kwasi Akufo who is being denied the Okuapehene stool.”
She continued: “I am the one putting this photo into the coffin. Anyone who is part of this grand scheme from the family must be killed and summoned to the wilderness to answer.”
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Source: Yen Ghana