The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), as a matter of urgency, is launching investigation to ascertain the extent of damage power cuts have caused Asantehene Otumfuo’s home appliances.
The overlord of Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, had lamented the devastating impacts of erratic power outages, popularly known as Dumsor, in the Ashanti Region.
Otumfuo made the pronouncement on Wednesday, December 1, when the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, paid a courtesy call on him at Manhyia.
This was as part of measures to collate concerns and address the increasing trend of power cuts in the Region.
But the Ashanti Regional Manager of PURC, Francis Baidoo, while speaking on Akoma FM explained that “Although there has not been any formal complaint from the Manhyia Palace, the PURC is taking the matter up head-on to ascertain the damages and losses the power cuts have rendered Otumfuo’s home appliances.”
Mr Baidoo further revealed that “As of last month, the Commission has ensured claims to the tune of GH¢100,000 as thousands of complaints keep mounting at our regional office.”
But with respect to the damages at the Manhyia Palace, Mr Baidoo assured of swift investigations by a team of engineers and experts to ensure befitting claims are compensated if necessary.
He further appealed to the general public to relate all issues of utility complaints to the PURC regional office for immediate intervention and solution.