The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has called on the government to rescind its decision and cancel the increases in utility tariffs.
It described the upward adjustment on utility tariffs as “insensitive, wicked and a disregard of the plight of Ghanaians”.
A statement signed by the party’s acting chairman, Freddy Blay, said the increment had come to only add up to the woes of the public who were “bracing themselves towards a bad Christmas festivity necessitated by economic hardships”.
“After the several failed promises to fix the load shedding (dumsor) and astronomical increases in tariffs, including a 52 per cent increase in electricity tariffs barely five months ago in July, the NDC government has now slapped another 59.2 per cent and 67.2 per cent hikes on electricity and water tariffs respectively. It means that, for a household that spent about GH¢100.00 a month on utilities, your bill is now up over GH¢160.00.
“This will be about the eleventh increase in electricity tariffs and the ninth in water tariffs since March 2012. And, at every hike, we are told the same lie to pay more to receive reliable and efficient supply of water or power. This is insulting, annoying and simply a terrible way to treat your own people”, it said.
The statement said the public should not be made to pay more for receiving less of any amenity which they already could not afford, adding, “it should not be forced on the citizens to pay for something that they cannot afford”.
It said, “cost of living is high, cost of production is high, businesses are collapsing, people are losing their jobs, the rate of inflation is running away, leaving the value of incomes lower and lower behind Ghanaians deserve to know that this Government is attempting to unduly burden them also with the cost of the recent misguided acquisition of the power barges, at several times what it would have cost to fuel existing power generating plants”.
By Charles Amankwa