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GNA; (09.03.2013) - It is highly unacceptable for the Volta River Authority (VRA) to impose payment of government debts onto the ordinary Ghanaians, according to the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC)....
the Association of Ghana Industries ranked disruption in energy supply as number one of the thirteen major problems facing its members.
“Can we assume that Ghanaians are right to lose their patience in this kind of bleak situation? It is unquestionable that due to the “dumso dumso” many have suffered severe property loss,” it said.
It said people still had to grapple with the increase in fuel prices and the long queues in search of gas for their food and transportation adding that the Volta River Authority(VRA) could therefore not expect Ghanaians to pay for an increase in tariffs when they were not provided with the services they paid for.
“The Volta Aluminium Company Ltd (VALCO) and other bodies owe VRA GH¢1,086,423,500, being non-payment for bulk sales of electricity to them. Of the said amount, MDAs are indebted to the tune of GH¢230million; Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) GH¢270 million; VALCO GH¢77million; while government owes the Authority GH¢509million, it said.
The statment said the information was made available in January while two days ago, the Director of Customer Service, Dr Nicholas Smart-Yeboah of the Electricity Company of Ghana told Ghanaians that Government owed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) close to US$500 million in bills.
It said energy generation had not kept up with demand, adding that while demand in the country was growing by 10 to 15 percent annually, supply was well below demand.
The statement said experts believed that Ghana needed about 5000 megawatts of energy to keep up with soaring demand and to achieve full middle income status but unfortunately energy generation capacity in the country is about 2200 megawatts.
It said a number of factors including neglect, poor management and underinvestment in infrastructure has led to supply falling behind demand and thereby creating the huge supply deficit which had in turn created huge pressure on existing infrastructures.
The statement said most of the critical infrastructures used by VRA, GRIDCo and ECG are obsolete and need replacement, but the inability of the companies to replace them due to their weak financial position has resulted in huge load pressure causing system failures.”
It said though government intended to increase generation capacity to 5000 megawatts by 2015, it was unlikely that the target would be met given the financial challenges facing VRA.
The statement urged the PURC to facilitate an engagement between citizens and VRA and the regulator for an account of the management of our resources and for effective solution to the crisis.
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