Editor’s Note: Flagbearer of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has warned the governing National Democratic Congress to stop the blame game and address the current problems in the power sector.
According to him the NDC government’s solution to the dumsor menace is a “political” one. They wanted a political solution so they got one, an expensive generation solution and now they realize there is a billing and collection problem.
The PURC earlier in the week ordered the ECG to suspend the use of its new billing software until further notice. It also directed the ECG to reconnect with immediate effect any customer who had been wrongfully billed and disconnected.
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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has admitted to discrepancies in its new billing system, which has caused a huge public outcry.
Below Dr Nduom's take on the ECG billing issue
Did the Majority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak really accuse ECG of undermining President John Mahama’s fight against DUMSOR?
So what do these people take Ghanaians for? Was it not President Mahama who stood in Parliament in front of the Majority Chief Whip and promised that he would fix the DUMSOR problem? And did the same President Mahama not go back to Parliament in the presence of this same Majority Chief Whip and declare victory against dumsor? Is DUMSOR not supposed to be “…a thing of the past”?
I have counselled the current administration not to be in a hurry to declare victory over dumsor. I have asked President Mahama and his people to be patient enough to understand the full scope of the power crisis – from generation to transmission to distribution to billing and collection of power supplied. Many of them doubted my sincerity in giving this advise. Was this same Majority Chief Whip not one of the MPs who jubilated when the President declared that the power generation problem was over? He and others did not listen when some of us cautioned them and asked them not to consider generation to be 100% of the power problem.
They wanted a political solution so they got one, an expensive generation solution and now they realize there is a billing and collection problem. Instead of sitting down to understand this problem, this MP is playing a dangerous blame game with the ECG.
When the business people complained about the doubling and tripling of power bills, these politicians cried foul and were not sympathetic. So when did this MP realize that there are some ECG power distribution, billing and collection problems to solve? Is it because we are in an election year he now realizes that “… in several cases, the cost of consumption has more than doubled and this has imposed undue hardship on virtually all Ghanaians, especially on the ordinary masses”. What about the businesses that pay tax and employ the ordinary masses?
This administration must stop playing politics with the power crisis. We should ask when government will pay what it owes to ECG to give it breathing room to apply good management methods and systems. And the Power Ministry must closely monitor and supervise this sector very well. No cheap, political blame games here.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom