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05 July 2016

PURC charges at ECG’s silence on dumsor

purcThe Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) has criticised the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)’s lack of communication on the intensifying power supply challenges over the past two months.

Public Affairs Director of the Commission, Nana Yaa Gyantuah, says claims by ECG that the frequent power outages are temporary must be an excuse to hold back vital information on the nation’s power situation.

“Some form of communication should be out there,” Nana Yaa Gyantuah told Top Story on Joy FM, Monday.

Many parts of the country have been hit by an unplanned and erratic supply of power over the past two months, a situation that is affecting consumers as ECG fails to provide a load shedding timetable.

The recurrent power challenges have been blamed on gas supply setbacks from Nigeria.

In the last few days, the load shedding has intensified in some parts of the country.

The country has been shedding more than 240 megawatts of power daily for the past two months, requiring ECG to provide information to the public but it has not.

The power distributor is required by law to release a timetable when more than 200 megawatts of power has to be shed within a month.

The ECG says the challenges are temporary, dismissing calls for a load shedding timetable.

However, speaking on Top Story Nana Yaa Gyantuah said information on the current power situation is important whether it is temporary or otherwise.
“The timetable is not the only thing that you can do,” Nana Yaa Gyantuah urged the ECG.

She said it was important for the ECG to tell consumers what was going on so they can plan their lives accordingly.

Power consumers have been recovering from a debilitating power situation barely six months ago.

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