The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has facilitated the recovery of GHÂ¢24.7 million in the last six months as revenue forÂ utilities from outstanding bills owed by consumers.
The commission has also facilitated the collection of GHÂ¢749,993.21 from utilities in the power sector and paid as compensation to consumers in the last six months.
These utilities were the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Northern Distribution Company (NEDCo).
The Director of Regional Operations, PURC, Alhaji Abukari Jabaru, said the monies were recovered from over-billing, bulk billing, damages caused by the utilities to consumersâ€™ appliances and the non-payment of bills.
Alhaji Jabaru said this at a capacity building workshop organised in Accra on Friday under the Commissionâ€™s media fellowship programme.
Concerning the revenue recovery for utilities, the Director of the PURCâ€™s Regional Operations said for example that GHÂ¢100,000 was retrieved from Accra and GHÂ¢24.6 million from Bono.
For consumersâ€™ compensation, he said the Ashanti Region had GHÂ¢155,520.30; Eastern GHÂ¢5, 272.15, Central GHÂ¢201,898.25; Western GHÂ¢43,210.50 and the Greater Accra GHÂ¢292,209.
Similarly, he said the Upper West had GHÂ¢38,000 while the Bono Region had GHÂ¢13,883.01.
Alhaji Jabaru said a total of GHÂ¢6,700 was also recouped from the Eastern region and paid as compensation to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
He noted that prudent complaints investigations by the Commission impacted positively on the finances of complaints through credit sales adjustment and on utilitiesâ€™ revenue through recovery.
Speaking on the trend analysis of complaints lodged and resolved from January to June, 2022, he said the PURC received a total of 6,917 complaints and resolved 6,400, representing 92.53 per cent in the six months period.
He said complaints against ECG were 3,493 and out of it 3,365 were resolved,Â representing 96.34 per cent.
â€œComplaints against NEDCo were 2,120, and 1,967of it were resolved, representing 92.83 per cent. GWCL complaints were 912 and the commission resolved 874,â€ he stated.
â€œComplaints against consumers were 392 and 194 were resolved, representing 49.49 per cent,â€ he added.
Alhaji Jabaru stated that complaints lodged via electronic media, WhatsApp, constituted 55.85 per cent, field complaints constituted 19.23 per cent and phone constituted 12.71 per cent.
â€œWalk in, written complaints, toll free and Consumer Committee (CSC) constituting 7.69, 3.51, 0.61, and 0.41 per cents respectively,â€ he added.
On the categories of complaints, Alhaji Jabaru underscored that there were 25 complaints received for damaged equipment, 101 complaints for unlawful disconnection and 200 complaints for payment.
He said they received 5,058 qualities of service supply complaints, 76 consumer service delivery, 533 meter complaints and 928 billing complaints.