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A pro-NPP pressure group, Movement for Truth and Accountability (MTA) has commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for the average of 14% reduction in electricity tariffs for non-residential users of electricity in the country, with a swipe on the erstwhile Mahama administration for doing little to reduce them.
The President on Monday indicated that from January this year, the non-residential tariff rate was to be “reduced by 18% for barbers; 15.7% for hairdressers and beauticians, and 9.8% for tailors.
Speaking on Accra-based Power 97.9FM on Tuesday, the convener for the group, Joseph Bediako, stated that president Akufo-Addo’s “good leadership” and compassion brought forth such proposals to reduce the tariffs to help boost the economy, but was quick to condemn the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for “doing nothing to help matters of energy in the country during their governance.”
His comments was a reaction to the assertions of the Communications Director for NDC, Solomon Nkansah who was with him as a panel member on Dwaboase, the station’s breakfast show.
Solomon had in his submissions stated that the president did not respect Tailors and barbers hence the reduction, adding that the erstwhile NDC government had put out measures to help grow small businesses than the NPP government.
“It’s an insult to the Seamstress and Hairdressers from Pres Akufo-Addo because he knows majority of them cannot read. It was mentioned in the budget. How do they defend themselves that they are seamstress to get the reduction when majority of them use their residential metres for their businesses,” he added.
To him, the government is just pretending to care for such people for political expediency.
But the convener for MTA observed that there were measures put in place to get the reduction reflect in the bills of those quoted in the reduction bracket
He added that the NDC government knew Ghanaians needed tariff relief but because government could not defray the debt owed Nigeria Gas, the country had to deal with erratic power supply that collapsed many small businesses in the country.
“They claim they did much in the country but we can’t feel it. we have to commend President Akufo-Addo for what he is doing for Ghana. . .Mahama and his government mismanaged the state. Dumsor had to be banished by NPP yet today, they are opposing the reduction of the tariffs. They (NDC) know that Ghanaians are wise and will not vote for them in 2020 hence the noise they are making,” claimed Mr. Bediako.
The NPP communicator further described the NDC as not serious,. saying they have lost focus on what to tell Ghanaians to stay relevant but has the effrontery to chastise the government of Akufo-Addo that is transforming Ghanaians.