The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has left Ghana for France.
Akufo-Addo left Accra on Wednesday for a three-day private visit in the European country, according to a statement issued by his press secretary, Eugene Arhin.
The former foreign affairs minister in the John Agyekum Kufuor administration is expected to return home on Sunday.
Prior to his departure, Akufo-Addo called on the government to reduce high electricity bills, which he said were making life difficult for Ghanaian individuals and businesses.
He said this was because the rates being charged Ghanaians domestic users and businesses were higher than what were being charged in some countries in the West African sub-region.
“In Ghana, my understanding is that the tariff for commercial users is 32 US cents/kilowatt hour. The Ivorian equivalent is 13 US cents/kilowatt hour. Again, for domestic users, we are talking about 19.28 US cents/kilowatt hour, when Cote d’Ivoire equivalent is a tariff of 9 US cents/kilowatt hour,” he said.
Akufo-Addo pledged to reduce electricity tariffs if he won the November elections.
“I think it is important for there to be clarity on this matter. If the government cannot or will not listen to the calls for the reduction of electricity tariffs, it is important for the people of Ghana to know that, God-willing, if I win the elections of this year, I definitely will,” he said.