Ghana has spent a total of 99,277,089.41 dollars on pre-paid metres between 2012 and 2015, the Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has revealed.
The amount is the cost of 999,135 pre-paid metres procured for installation in the operational areas of the Electricity Company of Ghana [ECG] and the Northern Electrification Distribution Company [NEDCo]
A total of 235,000 pre-paid metres were procured at a cost of 14,553,738.41dollars for NEDCo operational areas, while 764,135 pieces costing 84,723,351 dollars were imported into the country for installation at ECG operational areas, TV3’s Evelyn Tengmaa reported.
Mr Jinapor made the revelation in Parliament in an answer to a question asked by the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma North, Justice Joe Appiah regarding how many pre-paid metres have been imported by the government and the cost involved.
The Deputy Minister noted that the metres were not directly imported by the Ministry but by the ECG, adding the metres were procured through five local manufacturing companies.
Consumers have since the introduction of the pre-paid metres, especially the latest ones, been complaining of the rate at which their credit runs out, with some attributing it to wrong calibration.
This has led to the rejection of such metres by most consumers who prefer the post-paid metres, which they say is better.