The Ministry of Power has revealed that the Accra-based Italian Restaurant, Bread and Wine, indeed consumed power worth about GHc60,000 in two months.
This was discovered after the Ministry of Power ordered an audit of the metering system of the restaurant following the company’s complaints of over-billing as well as threat to close down if nothing is done about the outrageously high electricity charges.
Consequently, the Power Ministry has plainly stated that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), is not to blame for the high bills incurred by the Italian restaurant.
Before this, the company, which has sixty Ghanaian employees said the charges by the ECG, cannot reflect their consumption but their complaints fell on deaf ears, as ECG officials asked them to leave the country if they were not comfortable with the charges.
This was coming at a time when many Ghanaians are also complaining of exorbitant charges following an increase of 59.2% in electricity tariff last December.
The management also felt that a new meter installed by the ECG was to blame for the increase.
According to reports by citifmonline.com, the Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, blamed the high bills on the lack of efficient-energy saving appliances used at the Italian Restaurant. Speaking to Citi News, John Jinapor said:
The preliminary reports from the Energy commission indicates that the gadgets there are quite energy consuming and some of them are not energy efficient.”
Even if you look are their gardens alone, the amount of bulbs there, most of which are not LED bulbs, they consume a lot,” Mr Jinapor revealed.
The Energy Ministry has however taken steps to assist the eatery to regulate and reduce their electricity consumption.
So the energy commission has been directed by the Ministry to generate a report and also recommend to the company on how they can balance their load so that they can reduce their billing in terms of consumption,” Mr Jinapor revealed.
Nevertheless, the Manager of the restaurant still maintained that they will close down the restaurant if the tariffs remain the same after the audit.
The Minister will do what he has to do. He cannot give me a solution, he is now looking into the problem and as to whether we are closing or not, it will depend on the outcome. But they have to understand that if the bill remains the same, this place cannot operate because a restaurant cannot generate enough money to pay a bill of GHc 30,000.”