John Jinapor is the Ranking Member on Parliament's Mines and Energy Committee.

The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee, John Jinapor, says he has spoken to the Chairman of the Committee, Samuel Atta Akyea, to invite the Management of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited to appear before the Committee for the issues surrounding the technical challenge to be dealt with.

According to him, doing so would provide both Parliament and the general public with the full facts as to what exactly had happened leading to the technical challenge that had left consumers unable to recharge their electricity credit for days.

This comes after some ECG prepaid consumers were left in the dark after a technical challenge affected the purchase of credits for their meters.

Customers in Volta Region, Takoradi, Tema, Cape Coast, Kasoa, Winneba, Swedru, Koforidua, Nkawkaw and Tafo were affected.

On October 1, ECG said they had fixed the vending challenges, however, some consumers were still reporting challenges on Sunday morning with long queues being seen at vending centres across affected areas.

Commenting on the situation, the Ranking Member noted that while the IT Department of the ECG has been bastardised following the technical hitch, it would be rather unfair to do so when there has been no concrete evidence to prove such claims.

He has thus called on all and sundry to exercise maximum restraint when commenting on the situation and await the Committee’s findings on the matter.

“I have spoken to Chairman of the Committee, honourable Atta Akyea, that when all is over ECG must be invited to appear before the Committee so that we can deal with this issue and get the full facts. Because at that level, you’re appearing before a committee that has the powers of a high court and sometimes you’re under oath.

“But I think that it is early days yet to begin to accuse people directly. You may have your suspicions just as we also get a lot of information. And I’ve been very very careful putting out a lot of the information I get.

“In fact, I am aware that the IT Department has worked around the clock to bring all this service back on and so let’s be very very careful not to pigeonhole people and demonise them.

“It is my hope that this investigation will be very very transparent and that the full details will be made available to the general public in terms of what really transpired and what we can do going forward. So I will plead with all of us to exercise maximum restraint in levelling accusations,” he said.

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