GHC14m GWCL Saga: Dissolve Afenyo-Markin led board – Sampson Ahi to Akufo-Addo

Sampson Ahi, a former Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, has called on President Akufo-Addo to immediately dissolve the board of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) over the GHc14 million saga.

The Bodi MP argued that the board which is currently under the chairmanship of Effutu MP Alexander Afenyo-Markin has shortchanged Ghanaians and don’t deserve to be in their respective positions.

Last week, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) directed the GWCL to refund GHc14.09 million to customers after it emerged that the facility has allegedly been illegally collecting monies for no water supplied.

A statement by the Commission stated that the water company kept charging customers for the cost of running the Befesa Desalination plant when in actual fact the plant was not operational.

The illegal water charges had been going on for five months, between 15 March and 15 September 2018.

This, the regulator said was in breach of Section 11 of PURC Act, 1997 (Act 538). The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) said it found the breach during a monitoring exercise on 23rd August 2018.

Speaking to the matter on Accra 100.5FM, Mr Ahi said: “This act by GWCL smacks of fraud, hence the board must be dissolved.”

“This is fraud, you shut down your plant yet you go ahead and charge consumers for no water supplied to their homes. They have defrauded Ghanaians, and, so, the board should go,” he stressed.

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