There is a saying that, if you have nothing better to say don’t say anything at all.
Silence indeed is golden.
The Minority Spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adam Mutawakilu, has started waxing radical again. S
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Damango speaking to Citi FM, said he “believes the reasons given by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) for the postponement of electricity tariff adjustments until July 1, 2019, are not justified”.
He told Citi News, “the reasons are flimsy excuses because Karpower moved to Takoradi in May and you are following the quarterly tariff adjustments, then you adjust the tariff downward in June.”
It must be noted that, this is not the first time Adams Mutawakilu, has openly professed his love to see electricity tariffs adjusted upwards.
This call he has been making since last year, and this is not the first time I have also crossed swords with him, asking on whose behalf he is fighting.
I stated in my earlier article that, any suggestion or call for tariff increment smacks of insensitivity giving the harrowing pains Ghanaians are going through now in the face of the down turn in the economy.
Businesses are already suffering due to the fast and consistent depreciation of the local currency. Only those with sadistic propensities will contemplate an addition to the burden Ghanaians bear as they strive to eke out a living in the present circumstances.
Over the years, we have not found any solution to get us out of the problems we create ourselves. We have always relied on the low hanging fruits, as the only solution.
If the Electricity Company of Ghana, is running at a loss, instead of properly examining the factors and dealing with the root cause, our only solution is tariff adjustment.
Adams Mutawakilu, by virtue of his standing in society and knowledge of the power sector, he should have by now known that, increasing tariff is not the panacea to the problems of ECG.
Transmission losses contribute significantly to the woes of the power provider. This problem has been with ECG since its inception.
Efforts have been made in the past to reduce transmission losses, but we are not out of the woods yet.
Politicians, by their actions also contribute to the inability of ECG to break-even. They extend electricity to villages and communities, without the involvement of ECG, they are only called in to connect the villages or communities to the national grid.
The houses in the villages are not metered and so they don’t pay for usage of electricity.
In my last article, I retraced an investigative piece done by Anas Armeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI, in which it came to light that, most companies, especially foreign owned ones were evading payment of electricity with the help of staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana.
I implored the Member of Parliament to find out from ECG, if the companies captured on the investigative piece have settled their indebtedness and have turned away from their bad ways.
A few years ago, the American Embassy, wrote to the ECG, drawing its attention that, the US embassy owe some outstanding bills to settle.
ECG shamefully wrote back and said per its records, the US embassy does not owe. ECG, has become father Christmas, refusing to take money, even when it is offered.
I am sure the constituents of Adams Mutawakilu, are also bearing the economic reality in the country, to ask them to pay more tariff for electricity would be gagging the people, who have already been overly stretched by the reason of the constraint in economic activities that have translated to little or no resources to lots of Ghanaians.
To advocate for any hike at this time in the lives of Ghanaians, would be yet another untoward distress meted out to them, which appears rather punitive in nature, and most uncalled for.
Anytime there is the need to hike the tariffs, they come to us with the excuse of increasing efficiency and reliability of supply of power, the irony is that, the situation rather goes from bad to worse.
Since Adams Mutawakilu, has no solution to whatever problem ECG is going through, is he telling Ghanaians that, InshaAllah, when John Dramani Mahama, is sworn into office on January 7, 2021, as the president of the republic of Ghana, and he appoints him Energy Minister, his only solution he is bringing to the table is, increase, increase, increase.
Why would there be any increase in electricity tariff when there has not particularly been any appreciable improvement in power