Don’t be too excited about electricity tariff reduction promise – NDC Chair cautions

Joseph Ade Coker

The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, has advised Ghanaians not to be too happy about the President’s announcement that electricity tariffs will go down in 2018.

He is asking Ghanaians to wait for the percentage in reduction to measure its relevance.

According to President Akufo-Addo, details of the review will be announced by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta at the 2018 budget reading in Parliament on Wednesday, November 15.

On TV3’s New Day on Monday,  the NDC Greater Accra Regional Chairman, told host Bright Nana Amfoh, “[The President] is being rushed to fulfill its campaign promises because in an economy where your revenue generation seems low, how can you reduce tariffs?”

The NDC man said “it will be another reduction in revenue because the ECG has huge debts to pay so we want to see the level of reduction. It is good news but let wait for the reductions”.

“If it will be just one or two percentage reduction, then how are you going to measure it?”

Mr. Ade Coker called on the president to also take a look at the petroleum sector and reduce the products because drivers, especially commercial drivers, are suffering from the hike in fuel in the country.

“When they are reducing the tariffs, they shouldn’t forget the fuel prices because taxis are all going on demonstration.”

He suspects the government wants to reduce electricity tariff to “satisfy manifesto promises” and warned, “it will give us more and huge problems because they are noble ideas but because of political expediency if we don’t do it carefully, it will come back and haunt us”.

The Member of Parliament for Sekondi Constituency Western Region, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, however said “it is the expectation of the people who entrust you with the responsibility to deliver, so it is better we move into gear two where we process our raw materials”.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP explained, “we know the effect of energy in our industrialization set up so its happy days for Ghana and I am very excited about the budget that is coming”.

Mr. Agyapa remarked, “if the economy grows, it is better for everybody”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

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