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ECG Tariff Hikes: Agyarko Must Answer – MP

Yilo Krobo MP Magnus Kofi Amoatey has said he will request that Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko be invited to parliament to explain the recent huge power tariffs charged by the Electricity Company of Ghana in some parts of the country.

According to him, the ECG’s resort to serving customers with an estimated bill – a bill served clients for whom there is no reading for electricity consumed – is responsible for astronomical electricity bills.

Mr Amoatey’s call follows riots over high electricity bills at Somanya on Monday 29 May. The residents attacked the police following the arrest of an assemblyman who organised a demonstration against the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the area last week in connection with huge discrepancies in electricity bills. Property belonging to ECG were vandalised during the demonstration.

Speaking on the development on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Tuesday 30 May, Mr Amoatey said: “I’ll file an urgent question with the Minister of Energy to explain to Ghanaians why the need for an estimated bill.”

“Yesterday, some more people came to show me their bills. A woman came with a bill of GHS10,000, an elderly woman, and one would ask what she does to consume GHS10,000 in a month. There is another gentleman I was told had a bill of GHS200,000. I agree some of them might have defaulted for some time, but I think even within a year, how can a household consume as much as GHS200,000 as electricity bill. There is something wrong somewhere and the minister must explain to us.”

Mr Amoatey said he had organised a meeting with the traditional leaders, police, youth, and officials of the ECG to discuss the way forward for peace to prevail in the area.

Some weeks ago, some irate residents of Akosombo also demonstrated over the same issue.