Electricity tariffs will go up by 34% and not 27.1% – Bongo MP
Member of Parliament for the Bongo Constituency in the Upper East Region, Edward Abambire Bawa has reiterated the minority’s claim that most Ghanaians will be paying 34% more for consuming electricity instead of the 27.15% announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC).
He called on the PURC to be transparent with Ghanaians, stating that it has a budgetary implication on households.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Bawa who is also a member of the Mines and Energy committee of Parliament, recalled that during the mid-year budget review, government indicated clearly that an unexpected windfall of about $500,000 from Ghana’s share of petroleum resources had accrued.
He thus called on the Akufo-Addo government to intervene and save Ghanaians from further economic plights.
“If you do the simple mathematics you will know that the increment is not just 27.1% but 34% and most Ghanaians are under the impression that the electricity tariff has increased by 27%. It is not true that for the residential tariff, consumers will pay the 27%”.
He insisted that a large number of Ghanaians are above the lifeline point, so the ordinary Ghanaian would bear the brunt of this increment.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission on Monday announced a 27.15% increase in tariff for electricity and 21.55% increase in water tariff, which will take effect on September 1, 2022.
The opposition NDC on August 15 issued a statement to debunk what it described as misleading information by the PURC.
A paragraph of the stament hinted that: “A critical look at the tariff structure as announced reveals that all residential consumers who fall between 0-300 kWh bracket have witnessed a price increase from GHp/kWh 65.4161 to GHp/kWh89.0422, representing an increment of almost 34%.”