Energy Minister pays courtesy call on Paramount Chief of Manya Krobo
Minister for Energy, Hon John-Peter Amewu on Monday paid a courtesy call on
the Paramount Chief of Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakitey Kakraku II to
discuss how to permanently resolve the rivalry between the Power Distribution
Service and Residents of Krobo-Odumase.
Addressing the Chief and elders, the Minister refuted claims that the incident
occurred as a result of indiscipline of residents, “we know the people of
Kroboland, we know the level of discipline the krobos have exhibited over the
years, and so for someone to say it is because of indiscipline that the incident
happened, we strongly reject that,” he said.
According to the minister, Government has reduced tariffs by 30%, which
consumers expect to reflect on their billing sheets, “If for one reason or the other
the citizens are not enjoying that, they have every justification to query the
authorities on that, it is based on this that the Ministry support the action for
people to query bills, and ask questions,’’ he noted.
He said the Ministry has form a committee to investigate the issue, and find out
the root cause so that perpetrators would be dealt with by the law.
He directed PDS to ensure that the existing negotiations and Memorandum of
Understanding are obeyed by all parties.
“We brought in PDS to solely come and correct the lapses in the system. And if for
some reasons they have come to deepen, weaken and destroy the existing system
we have, excuse me, on my own behalf and on my own thinking, they need not to
be there. We believe there are loses, we believe the genuine concerns of the
people, and that is why we brought them in to correct it, “he added.
The Minister also donated fifty solar streetlights to the community.
Nene Sakitey expressed appreciation to the Minister for his gesture, adding that
the traditional council had met with all stakeholders involved to resolve the issue.
He mentioned that the people of Krobo-Odumase were only questioning the
increase in their tariffs, and are not refusing to pay bills.
The Chief appealed to the community to keep calm as the traditional council, the
Ministry and other stakeholders work to resolve the situation.