PRESS RELEASE : .
Considering arguments from experts having pointed to the needed release of the Electricity Company of Ghana, ECG on a concession
in-line with Public Private Partnership (PPP) in bid to shore up
Electricity Company of Ghana’s Management Mandate to the state and for
that matter the good people of Ghana, we at Agenda For Mahama – AFM
supports that idea.
However, what we need to put out clear is the fact that Electricity of
Ghana has accepted this position but with the complaint that, the
twenty five (25) years was in excess.
We all know that, like in the case of privatization of state
enterprises or institutions like Ghana Telecom now Vodafone, so
Electricity Company of Ghana’s position is well understood. They would
want to protect their jobs or to put it in a better form they needed
job security in times like this. And this should be understood by all
of us however a careful introspective as done by AFM’s research desk
on ECG agrees that, government’s action at this time is the one that
will bring sanity to the Electricity Company of Ghana and same;
rebrand it to become competitive amongst its peers.
Again, we all know that ECG is over staffed and despite this, they
continue to employ people with only ‘Birth Certificates’ and these
people after gaining employment, now tries to acquire the needed
qualifications to justify their employment. This is unfortunate.
The continues operation of ECG in isolation means continues
justification of wastage in their own system. This will not guarantee
value for money.
These are some of the factors that are forcing government to bring
about the PPP policy to ensure there is sanity within ECG that in all
means will guarantee efficiency.
When you see ECG vehicles across the country, one wonders if these
vehicles are needed for their operations and you think that under a
PPP programme, they will continue to waste our resources? a big NO.
Change is difficult and so we do not expect this policy to come easy
at all. It is surprising that after series of consultations with ECG,
threats of plunging the entire nation into darkness on Friday as being
paraded around by some staff of the company wouldn’t be needed
considering the security implications of that planned act.
What we have realized is that, government’s action would strengthen
and improve corporate governance and management, invest in the needed
infrastructure to expand services, reduce loses and improve upon
quality of service delivery.
Finally what we all need to know is that, the offer of ECG on
concession forms part of conditions that Ghana must meet before it
begins accessing the $ 500 Million Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC)
from the US government.
On this note, we are urging government to go ahead with the policy for
the betterment of all of us.
Our institutions must be made to work so the poor Ghanaian benefits!
God Bless Ghana
Director of Communications