Mankessim: Residents cry over high electricity tariffs

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Some residents of Mankessim in the Mfantseman district of the Central region have appealed to authorities to come to their aid and address what they describe as exorbitant rates for electricity.

The residents said they have been forced to pay much more for power at the end of every month than they previously paid.

Speaking with Accra FM’s Central regional correspondent, Ebenezer Ackom, they said the high cost of electricity had further raised the already high cost of living they have had to endure in the country, with some complaining their businesses had collapsed because they had been unable to break even after paying their bills.

Many residents complained they now pay an average of GHS100 per month for electricity, up from a previous ballpark figure of GHS30.

They said that nothing fruitful has come out of their visits to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to address the matter, and have, thus, appealed to the government to come to their aid and ensure a reduction in the rates charged them for the use of power.

It will be recalled that the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) increased the cost of electricity by 59.2% with effect from December 2015, but after negotiations between government and Organised Labour the increments were reduced to between 40% and 52%.


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