Consumers, must brace up to pay more for services provided by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), because effective Saturday, December 1, 2018, the country’s power supplier, is reviewing upward various charges, including meter installation and maintenance.
Special Load Tariff for companies, will see the highest percentage increments of 2246 percent. The prevailing rate is GH¢1.040.00, but this will change to GH¢24,402.60.
This is followed by Special Load Transformer Low Voltage Metering billing, adjusted by 1100percent.
Two other items; replacement of Lost Separate Meters and Burnt Meters, have also shot up by a whopping 689 percent according to a list titled “Revised Meter Installation Rates and Maintenance” in the custody of The Herald.
The Herald, has cited a circular sent to ECG workers by their management, saying those interested in Single Phase-straight Service, will have to pay a whopping GH¢771, instead of the prevailing GH¢400. This represents a 93 percent increment.
The sky-high increments are said to be a precursor to the electricity tariff, which are to go up soon, The Herald, is reliably informed.
The astronomical increments, were forwarded by the new owners of ECG, including a barbershop owner; Philip Ayesu, David Ofori-Asare, also known as David Nana Yaw Asare; a worker of Zoomlion Waste Management Company, Andrew Agyapa Mercer, who is the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Sophia Kokor, a worker at the Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko’s Danquah Institute.
The four together with one Joseph Adjei-Banin, are part of the concession agreement between the government of Ghana and the consortium of investors led by the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) under the name of TG Energy Solutions Ghana Limited.
Philip Ayesu, a friend of the Akufo-Addo family, is widely speculated to be representing the interest of the First Family in the ECG Concession.
Philip Ayesu, owner of the Luxury Barbershop, Ex-men located at East Legon, is a neighbor to Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko at East Legon and strong member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a loyalist of the Akufo-Addo family.
He is currently a board member of the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The consortium, also wants the cost of the Customer application form increased from the GH¢10.00 to GH¢20.00; representing a 100percent increment.
ECG, will also charge GH¢2, 228.00 for Three Phased-Straight Service, instead of the current GH¢700; this means a 218 percent increment.
One pole extension, have been increased to GHC4.101.00 from GH¢2,400.00, an increment of 71 percent, while those requiring a Single Pole Extension, will have to pay GH¢6, 732, 00, instead of the GH¢4,000.00 they used to pay; this means a 68 percent increment.
One phase Two Pole Extension, will be paying GH¢7,142.00, instead of the GH4, 200.00; a 70 percent increment, while 3ph Two Pole Extension are going to pay GH¢11.002.00 from GH¢7,000.00; a 57 percent increment.
One Phase lost separate meters, will be replaced at GH¢361.00 from GH¢82.25; an increment of 339 percent. 3ph lost separate meters, will replaced at GH¢1,389.00 from 176.00; the highest percentage increment of 689 percent.
Additional Load, have been increased from 500.00 to 1.425.00, an increment of 185 percent.
The cost of the meter repositioning has also changed, Group Shop metering service per one phase Straight Service, Group Shop Metering Service per 3 phase Straight Service, Group Apartment metering, temporary supply with meter, have all experienced astronomical changes.
Also increased across board, are meter maintenances and burnt meter replacement of various categories, this saw a 68 percent increment.
The five companies involved in the consortium are; Manila Electric (Meralco) of The Philippines, 30 per cent; Aenergia SA (Angola), 19 per cent; Santa Baron Ventures Ghana, 13 per cent; TG Energy Solution Ghana, 28 per cent; GTS Engineering Ghana Limited, 10 per cent, and TBK Ghana Limited, 10 per cent.
The Herald uncovered a possible scam to be perpetuated on unsuspecting Ghanaians through the controversial second ECG Concession, by prominent individuals in society and the political environment.
Some of these individuals have ties to the Akufo-Addo government, and the rest are private businessmen in the country, who are about to toil with the destinies of the over 6, 000 workers of ECG, who by late February next year, will be offloaded to the new company.
More to come!