PURC to sanction ECG staff, MD for abandoning post

Nana Yaa Jantua

The Director of Public Affairs at the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC), Nana Yaa Jantua has hinted that workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) including their Managing Director will be sanctioned for breaching the law regarding the purchase and vending of pre-payment meters.

“We are going to sanction them,” she said in an interview with Joy FM on Tuesday.

She added that the law regarding “the purchase and vending of pre-payment metering is very clear. It’s very categorical [and] it says that the ECG should make sure that the customer service offices for the vending of pre-payment metering should be open from 8am-5pm. And, the second law says that they should open it for 8hours. They have breached the law.”

She said per the sanctions contained in the law, the staff will be fined penalty units, and also there is the “issue where the CEO [MD] can be imprisoned,” and that the PURC will decide which one to use after it meets.

She however, explained that should the PURC decide to prosecute the MD, it will be done through the Attorney General because they [PURC] lack the prosecuting powers.

That notwithstanding, she called for dialogue among staff of the company and government to resolve the raging impasse in order not to punish power consumers.

“The PURC believes that there should be more negotiation, there should be more advocacy [and] if for any reason, they are dissatisfied with portions of whatever intervention is going to happen, there should be some form of advocacy, the consumer should not suffer,” said Jantua.

“We believe that it is time for everybody to have a cool head,” she added.

Meanwhile, staff of the ECG abandoned their two-day strike today. The workers are protesting government’s decision to privatize the company.

The National Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of ECG, Patrick Binyame told Starr News that “We have suspended our action because we need to get to that table with clean hands so we are going to listen to the Ministry on Wednesday and that meeting will inform our next line of action. All ECG operational areas, everybody is back at work.”

Source: Ghana/Starr FM

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