Can the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) explain to us how the 2.63% increment slapped on electricity tariff will help to improve the current energy challenge we are facing in Ghana.
Ordinary Ghanaians for the past years have beening paying more for the energy but it seems they don't have value for their money.
If Ghanaians are having light 24/7 and you increase the tariff, there would be no problem but here in this sense when there is no light to work with, companies are closing down, those who can afford generator or plants are buying it and paying more for fuels to power their generators and plants. Employers are not employing and workers are being layed off because of the energy crisis.
Why then will you come and announce increment at this time to add more woes and infflict more pains to consumers? Why shoud we pay more for something that we are not benefitting from? There is this philosophy "that the more you use the more you pay" but here the less you use electricity the higher you pay.
The Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at the PURC, Nana Yaw Jantuah said "the commission considers its decision as best in the interest of the ECG. She pointed out that electricity tariffs have not been increased for sometime now; a situation she said has adversely affected ECG".
The question here is if for the past months there have not been increment on the electricity the why now? What's the rationality behind the increment now? Is it a good time to do that? Are Ghanaians ready to endure this increment?
In this era of dumsor, dumsor, when Ghanaians have to bear with 24 hours off-peak and 12 hours peak light. When ECG are not able to manage their load shedding time-table because of the inadequate power supply they receive from VRA to Gridco to manage their time stipulated.
In this era of dumsor, dumsor, when manufacturers are not getting light to manufacture their products, when companies are not getting light to work with, when preservation of goods and products are being destroyed.
In this time of dumsor, dumsor, when employers are laying off workers because they are paying and buying more fuel to power their generators, plants in their respective companies if they want to stay in business.
In this time of dumsor, dumsor, employees could not ask for increment on their salaries because of the energy crisis the nation is facing now. Goods, products and services prices are going up but salaries are still stagnate. How can employees ask for salary increment when there are no light to work with, employers are not employing more staffs but are rather laying off workers which is adding up to the massive unemployment rate in the country. The employers are running business at the a loss, their are profit margin is dwindling.
The economy have become so stiff to penetrate through. A lot of people enter into 2015 with the hope, that there will be a job opportunities for them but they did not envision the woes and plight of the energy sector that would hit the country.
Is the hope for the unemployment graduates, is there hope for jobseekers who are watching, listening to news eagerly, anxiously reading graphics for job opportunities only for them to be hearing, seeing and be reading of laying off of workers in the job market.
May God have mercy on motherland!