ECG boss blasts Minority over IPP comments

Samuel Dubik Mahama, the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has expressed his disapproval of comments made by the Minority in Parliament regarding the alleged selective payment of debts owed to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) by the state.

“The Finance Minister instead of dealing with the Chamber of IPPs is engaged in selective and discriminatory payment, selecting some preferred IPPs, paying them and leaving them to their own fate,” he had stated.

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John Abdulai Jinapor, the Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee in Parliament, accused the Ministry of Finance of discriminatory practices in releasing payments to the IPPs. This accusation came after the Chamber of IPPs threatened to shut down their plants if the outstanding debt of over $1.7 billion owed to them by ECG, the country’s primary power distribution company, was not settled.

However, the issue has since been resolved, and a partial payment has been made to the IPPs to settle the debt.

Addressing the Minority’s claim of selective payment on TV3’s The Keypoints, Mr. Dubik Mahama expressed his disappointment, describing it as “unfortunate,” particularly considering that negotiations were still ongoing.

“These are some of the statement that I think are so unfair because if you make this statement is based on what?” he asked.

“It’s like having five children and thinking that all your children are the same. All your children are not the same.

“Look at all of them across board and look at what happens when something happens,” he observed on Saturday, July 1.

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The Managing Director of ECG stopped short of giving details on payments made to each individual IPP but maintained, “I honestly think it is not a fair statement to make because in my candid opinion there’s an issue, if we are trying to solve the issue and imagine from that statement we walk to a meeting with the IPPs and nobody wants to talk to us on the roundtable.

“That’s an unfair statement. You don’t make statements like that in public.”

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