February 1, 2014

The Ghana water company has been directed to present a comprehensive programme justifying proposal to roll out a prepaid metering system of water.

Works and Housing Committee of Parliament is demanding that the company furnishes them with the justification before it can be allowed to pilot the initiative.

The decision was taken after a closed door meeting between the Works and Housing Committee of Parliament, officials of Ghana Water Company and the Water Resources, Works and Housing minister.

Chairman of the committee David Tetteh Assuming tells Joy FM’s parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey, officials of Ghana Water Company could not provide basic information demanded by the committee during the meeting.

Hence, he said, a directive was given to the company to abandon the project for now until a more detailed plan is presented.

Mr Assuming noted that the plan of issuing prepaid meters got to the public domain prematurely when the water company was at the planning stage.

He acknowledged that managers of the company are “mindful, they want to do it and do it well”.

For now a committee is working to come out with the details before rolling out the prepaid meters, he said.