Kofi Kapito, the head of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), has urged Ghanaians to join him stage a demonstration against the “massive and insensitive” price hikes in utility services.
The Public Utility and Regulatory Commission (PURC) on Monday announced over 60 percent hike in electricity and water tariffs.
Electricity has been increased by 59.2 percent while water has been adjusted by 67.2 percent.
The increment has become necessary following recent nationwide public consultation for adjustment in utility tariffs.
Nana Yaa Jantuah, the Director of Public Affairs of the PURC, who spoke on the developments, said several factors contributed to the arrived decision which included consumer interest, investor interest, economic development of the country, generation mix, and availability of the service among others.
Meanwhile, utility companies in the country have also expressed dissatisfaction at the “low” percentage of increment on their services which is contrary to the hundred percent they demanded at the beginning of the year.
Stanley Martey, who is the Communications Director at the Ghana Water Company Limited, told Starr News the increment will not be enable to raise the needed funds to address the company’s infrastructural challenges.