Addressing the media on September 19, 2017, in Accra, the Chairman of the Senior Staff of VRA, Mr. Cephas Duse, stated that, the current challenges faced by the state power producer is as a result of the bad deals with independent power producers, allowed by successive governments.
“For example, we buy power from AMERI at 15 cents and we sell to ECG at 5 cents, this is done in the interest of the nation because the government says they cannot sell the power to Ghanaians at 15 cents.
As a result of its Government’s bad arrangement with AMERI for example, VRA has incurred an avoidable loss of $218 million within the first 18 months, from January 2016 to July 2017. On the average, VRA incurs a loss of $11.5 million and this arrangement is supposed to be with us for five years.” according to Mr. Cephas Duse.
In view of this, the employees of the Volta River Authority (VRA), says the proposed sale of the thermal plants by government goes against modern business logic, and thus, can’t address the problems of the power producer.
In spite of all these challenges, Mr. Duse said the Authority remained tact in doing its best to live up to its mandate of providing the people of the country with affordable power.
“I urge those in the Ministry of Energy and Finance Ministry to stop micro-managing VRA and allow the governance structures to work. What VRA needs at this material moment is a board and the debts in the power sector cleared, to make VRA’s books look good,” Mr. Duse stressed.
The workers reached on an agreement in a meeting on August 25, 2017, and copied the Ministers of Energy, Employment and Labour Relations, Finance and the National Security Minister, spelling out what their demands were, and they gave the government a 14-day ultimatum to meet their demands or risk an industrial action.
All the workers are joining forces with the Senior Staff of VRA and the VRA’s division of Public Service Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), who have petitioned government, asking for the withdrawal of the public advertisement seeking to engage the services of a Transaction Adviser, to sell specified thermal plants of the company.