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Dr. Charles Wrekko Brobbey Electricity subsidy 'should be taken with a pinch of salt'

In a statement on Monday, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) announced that the "utility relief by Government of Ghana is being implemented ."

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Dr. Charles Wrekko Brobbey

Dr. Charles Wrekko Brobbey has expressed skepticism about government decision to subsidize electricity consumers.

In a statement on Monday, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) announced that the "utility relief by Government of Ghana is being implemented ."

"It also provides a subsidy which is energy based for industrial and commercial customer,” the statement added.

Reacting to the news on Citi FM Monday, the former boss of the Volta River Authority said "it is not true" government is subsidizing power, claiming that consumers "are being charged VAT, energy levies, street light among others and those have gone up from almost 1 to about 5 percent..."

READ MORE: Gov't reduces cost of electricity

He added:"when you say you are subsidizing something, it means you are charging below how much it costs. But here is the case that you are giving with the left hand, yet you are taking with the right… It should be taken with a pinch of salt."

Wrekko Brobbey also accused government of trying to be "too smart" with Ghanaians by abolishing lifeline to people who use light for more that 50 units.

He said:“what they tried to do was to be too smart. Instead of everybody enjoying the lifeline, it was abolished for anybody who used light for more than 50 units but then even those whom it was intended for, there was no way their consumption levels could have been below ."

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