PURC orders ECG to resolve impasse

samuel sarpongThe Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has asked the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to ensure that the ongoing industrial action by its workers is effectively managed that “it does not escalate to affect the delivery of good quality service to consumers within their operational areas.”

A statement signed by Nana Yaa Akyempim Jantua, Director, Public Relations and External Affairs, PURC, said “the management of the ECG should not lose sight of the fact that distribution of electricity is an essential service so under the circumstances, a contingency plan should be put in place to ensure that services to the consumer will not be curtailed completely.”

The statement copied The Ghanaian Times in Accra warned that failure of the ECG to put in a contingency plan within this period will “attract the necessary sanctions and penalties from the commission.”

According to the PURC, the penalty would be in conformity with the Electricity Supply and Distribution Rules of 2005, which stipulates that the supplier ensured that facilities for the purchase of the units for prepayment meters were available at all its customer service centres between 8 am and 5 pm each working day.

Workers of the ECG are up in arms against government over its decision to cede the electricity distribution company to a private investor for 25 years, resulting in industrial actions including demonstrations and the ongoing sit down strikes.

The PURC, said the ongoing strike was “unfortunate situation especially when it is at the beginning of the month when most customers of pre-paid meters purchase their units.”

The statement assured customers that the commission had the mandate to protect their interest and would not relent on that mandate in accordance with the PURC Act (Act 538) 1997 which sets it up.

By Times Reporter                                                                                               



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