I used pre-paid for 8 years; Mahama’s directive to ministers not new-Akomea
The former Information Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor administration has described as misplaced a directive by the president for prepaid meters to be installed in the homes of ministers and other public servants.
Nana Akomea said the president must rather concentrate on the installation of prepaid meters at the offices of the ministries departments and agencies.
President John Mahama on Thursday issued the directive for prepaid meters to be installed in the residences of all ministers and other public servants in order for them to feel the pain of the ordinary Ghanaian who has to bear the brunt of utility price hikes.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) last month announced a 78.9 per cent hike in electricity tariffs and 52 per cent hike in water tariffs, a move which has heavily been criticized by the public.
Whilst the public have welcomed the president’s directive for ministers to pay for their electricity, Nana Akomea said the directive is not new.
On his facebook wall, Akomea who until recently was the NPP Communications Director, said he and many of his colleagues had prepaid meters installed in their bungalows and bought credits themselves.
He said between 2001-2008, he personally bought credits from a prepaid vendor in Osu near the Papaye fastfood.
According to him, at least 14 of the ministerial bungalows behind the State House all had prepaid meters and the occupants paid for the electricity they consumed.
He added the president must rather insist on the installation of the prepaid meters in the offices of the ministries, departments and agencies since they consume a larger chunk of electricity.
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