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2017-05-26

[N] Adom FM’s ‘Y3gye y3 sika’ demo attracts over 2,300 protesters
[N] Gun attacks in Tema not robberies – Police
[N] Family of three electrocuted at Kpone
[N] Kufuor commends Raising Readers initiative  
[N] Atuguba, Kumbour to speak at maiden revolutionary lecture series
[N] Two defiant galamseyers busted
[N] Fourteen Takoradi fire victims to be transferred to Interbeton
[N] Hajj: Fate of 452 pilgrims ‘left-behind’ in 2016 still hanging
[N] EOCO rescues seven girls
[N] Nana Addo jets off to Liberia today  
[N] Don't beg for corrupt officials - President cautions  
[N] Leaked sex tape involving two SHS students goes viral
[N] Man shot in Wa

2017-05-24

[B] Employers’ Association proposes extension of maternity leave by 2 weeks
[B] Producer price inflation drops to 4.8%
[B] EU, GIZ to support skills development with €10.7m
[B] 6 concessionaires to start inspection of ECG assets - Ing. Owura
[N] Man grabbed over Kumasi murder
[N] End cycle of vindictive politics - Nyaho to Akufo-Addo
[N] Values of hard work and honesty fading - Chief Justice
[N] Finance Ministry gives clearance for allied health workers employment
[N] Learn from my mistakes; don’t buy tractors for farmers – Mahama to Akufo-Addo
[N] NDC foot soldiers benefit from LEAP
[N] Phone tracker leads to arrest of robber
[N] Re-arrest Delta Force 8 now - PPP
[N] CEO busted in $1.2m bribery scandal  
[N] Galamsey Queen goes ‘mad’
[N] Police issues crime alert
[N] Man kills sister-in-law
[N] BNI probes 3 Mahama appointees over $4m graft
[N] I was jailed 3 years because of Aisha Huang - Former aide
[N] MP begs Kumbuor over false ‘military galamsey’ claim
[N] Pregnant nurses protesting exam ban won't be victimized
[N] Ghana Gas helicopters not missing – Kwabena Donkor

2017-05-23

[B] Tullow eyes new fields beyond Jubilee & TEN
[B] ECG concession: bidders reduced to 6; MIDA sets eyes on financially viable bidde
[B] Former MP demands details on the 150 investors for ‘1-district, 1-factory'
[B] We need power to turn economy around – Agyarko
[S] Akufo-Addo's changes to ECG 'sale' agreement quite impressive - PUWU
[N] Kumbuor approved military protection for Ukraine, Russia galamseyers – MP
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[ 2017-05-23 ]

President Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo's changes to ECG 'sale' agreement quite impressive - PUWU
The Public Utilities and Workers Union says
changes made by the Akufo-Addo government to the
controversial Power Compact Agreement under the
Millenium Challenge Account Compact II are "quite
impressive" but do not still address their germane
concerns.

The General Secretary of PUWU, Michael Nyantakyi
said whilst the union is not necessarily against
the compact agreement, they would rather a better
arrangement is adopted instead of a
concessionaire.

His comments come hours after the first bidders
conference was held Tuesday to ascertain which
concessionaire takes over the management of
Ghana's electricity distributor.

Six private concessionaires are pitching to take
over the management of ECG for at least years 20
years under a Compact II agreement worth over $498
million
Under the previous Mahama agreement the new
concessionaire was to manage the facility for 25
years with 51% per cent share to the private
investor.
There was also a controversial issue about
involuntary layoffs of workers, five years after
the agreement has come into force.

The workers agitated over the details of the
agreement, particularly the involuntary layoffs, a
development which forced the Mahama government to
suspend the bidders conference.

The suspension did little to help the fortunes of
the NDC in the December election. It lost to the
Akufo-Addo regime.

On assuming office, the new administration has
instituted some changes including making ECG the
majority share owner of the company.
Government will now own 51% of the shares under
the new agreement.

Addressing patrons at the bidders conference,
Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko said the new
concessionaire will be required to manage and
carryout some investment when it takes over the
ECG.

"The government is not privatizing the ECG," he
said adding, the ECG will still own the assets of
the company but will lease them out to the
concessionaire for a period of 20 years.

Reacting to the Bidders Conference PUWU General
Secretary said government has already signed the
compact II and PUWU has no problem with that.

He was quick to add though that instead of the
concession, govt should have looked at other
modules of managing ECG.

Michael Nyantakyi said government should have
looked areas where ECG had challenges, opt for a
joint venture with the private investor to solve
those specific challenges rather than choosing a
concessionaire to takeover completely the
management of ECG.

He said government is part of the problem,
insisting if the government had paid its debt,
perhaps the power distributor would not have
gotten into the situation it finds itself now.

The PUWU General secretary however wants the
government to include every detail of the changes
made in the old agreement to the new one that will
be signed with the concessionaire.

Source - Myjoyonline.com



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