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ECG board objects to GHC 5.8 million fine from PURC

Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) task force

The board of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has objected to a GHC 5.8 million fine imposed on its by the Public Utility and Regulatory Commission (PURC) over the company’s inability to provide a load shedding timetable to power consumers.

It argues that it cannot bear personal liability for management decision since it is not involved in the day to operation of ECG.

In a letter addressed to the executive secretary of the PURC dated 17 April, lawyers for the board said the PURC lacked the mandate to levy fines.

The lawyers  said the fines were imposed without giving the board an opportunity to present their case, violating principles of natural justice.

“The Commission’s Order imposing regulatory charges on the members of the board is unlawful, null and void as same is without jurisdiction. By this Order, the Commission has unlawfully clothed itself with the powers of the High Court, and imposed a sentence on the board members, without having been given the opportunity to be heard which amounts to a breach of the rules of the natural justice.”

“Our clients, therefore, reject the contents of the regulatory order relative to any personal liability on their part,” a the letter stated.






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