The Greater Accra Regional Manager of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), Mrs Gifty Bruce-Nelson has advised students to conserve power and water to help reduce utility cost for their parents.
Aside being a show of responsible citizens, the judicious use of water and power she said, would enable their parents channel the money saved to meeting their educational and other needs.
She was addressing students of St. John’s Grammar Senior High School (SHS) in Accra on Wednesday as part of the commission’s educational outreach dubbed “Catch them Young”.
The programme is aimed at educating consumers on their rights and responsibilities towards utilities and collates feedback on their awareness of the commission.
Giving utility conservation tips, Mrs Bruce-Nelson urged the students to iron in bulk, switch of lights, television and other gadgets, when not in use and wash cars, using water in buckets instead of water hose.
She also took the about 1,500 students and the teaching and non-teaching staff through the functions, complaints policy and procedures of the commission.
The commission, as a regulator, she said, would protect the interest of both consumers and utility providers.
The headmaster of the school, Mr Fianu Edmund thanked the commission for the education, which, according to him, would help conserve energy in the country and raise responsible future leaders.
BY JONATHAN DONKOR