Ghana Parliament Launches Probe Into ECG Billing System

Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Ghana Parliament has ordered the Mines and Energy Committee to investigate the recent errors in the billing system of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

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ECG has received series of condemnation from the public over the astronomical increases recorded on bills, despite a 50 per cent increment by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission.

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In parliament, Majority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak accused the ECG of undermining President John Mahama’s quest to end the erratic power situation which has bedevilled the country for the past four years.

Meanwhile, other Members of Parliament suggested the Minister of Power should be summoned before the house to explain the overbilling, Mr Doe Adjaho said the Mines and Energy Committee had started investigating the matter and should be allowed to continue its work.

He told parliament that, “The maker of the statement is urging me to invite the Minister responsible for power to brief the house. I have also been informed by the chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of this house that they have started some work. I will rather suggest that the committee continues with that work because of the technical nature of the issue.”

“… The Minister can come and brief the house, he will be in the position to give us technical responses to the questions, the issues that will be raised on the floor, and I am directing the committee on Mines and Energy to continue on what they have started and submit a report. I direct the clerk to make available to the committee all necessary logistics for them to carry on this matter,” he added.

On his part, Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho said the committee will be meeting the Power Minister and officials of the ECG on Thursday May 26, 2016 over the matter.

He said, he had spoken with the Managing Director and he promised that they were working very hard.

“Instead of it being resolved, we realised that it is rather becoming worse…I cannot rule out people internationally doing that, there may be other mistakes technically and what have you which they promise they are working on, so, Thursday, we will be meeting them and at the end of it all, fortunately, the speaker has given us a lot of power by referring it to us and requesting that every resource that the committee needs to be able to discharge its duty must be made available to us.” Sorogho said.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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