Government sued over ECG privatization deal

Mr Robert Dwamena,Acting ECG Boss.

Mr Robert Dwamena,Acting ECG Boss.

A resident of Kotobabi, a surburb of Accra, Saaka Salia has filed a suit at an Accra High Court against government over the plan to cede part of the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to a private company.

Joined to the suit are the Attorney- General, Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Regulations Commission (PURC) and the Millennium Development Authority.

The suit is seeking to stop the proposed Private Sector Participation (PSP) in Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Limited.

Prior to the substantive suit, the court will on November 2, hear an interlocutory injunction by the plaintiff, Saaka Salia.

The injunction is to restrain defendants from proceeding with participation in any processes concerning further activities in the ongoing PSP in ECG.

Mr.Salia wants a declaration by the court that PURC is the body with exclusive mandate by law to provide guidelines for determining tariffs and levels of tariffs and in doing so in the manner prescribed by Act 538.

Counsel for the plaintiff, Evelyn Anyenini, prayed the court for a declaration electricity distribution and sale of  licence is a forgery and an act in fraud, as its authors or circulators used the logo of the Energy Commission without prior knowledge and permission of the commission.

According to the plaintiff all the transactions concerning the concession arrangement for ECG using the tariff methodology document are null and void.

The plaintiff wants a declaration that MiDA and its advisors circulating the document dated April 21 and 29, 2016 respectively, are not fit to participate in the said concession arrangement for the ECG, and an order directed at the respondents to ensure strict and full compliance with Act 1997 (Act 541).


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme 














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