A/R: Minister alarmed at GHC74m public debt owed GWCL, vows to look into it

The Ashanti regional minister is alarmed and does not understand why public institutions in the region should owe the Ghana Water Company to the tune of GHC74 million.

Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah intends to find out why.

He spoke to rawgist.com after visiting the Ashanti North and South facilities of the Ghana Water Company Limited.

The Manager of Ghana Water Company Limited for Ashanti North, Ing. Gilbert Quaye revealed that some public and private institutions are indebted to the company to the tune of GH¢44,308,184.

375 Government institutions owe ¢20,998,512, whilst private institutions owe, ¢23,309,671.

Mr. Addo Boateng; regional chief manager GWCL Ashanti South Region also revealed that some institutions are indebted to GWCL to the tune of GHC74million.

The visibly alarmed regional minister could not fathom why that should be happening. “I’m now going to find out whether they have budget for utilities. If they do, I will have to find out why they owe. At Ashanti south, public institutions owe them over GHC74m as at April ending. That amount can do a lot for the company. We need to tackle this issue with all the seriousness it deserves”, he stated.

He was particularly worried about the Senior High Schools that were indebted to the GWCL. He was worried the indebtedness of the schools will affect the implementation of the free SHS programme billed to start in September, 2017. “We have to resolve it before the free SHS starts. I will draw the government’s attention to it”, he assured.

He says “we have no moral right to judge them in the face of public indebtedness to them”.

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