July 20, 2017
Minority leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu is urging the Volta River Authority (VRA) to concentrate on their core mandate of generating electricity for the Country rather than engaging in other businesses which are not part of their core mandate.

The former Trade and Industry Minister was against VRA running the Volta Lake Transport Company and the Volta Hotel.

“We should be looking for a private partnership agreement invite the Private sector to partner government in this venture to rather make them more effective and efficient”. And further added that this move will also expand the facility, “Mr. Speaker VRA should focus on power generation we have a national challenge”, he said.

He was contributing to a statement made by MP for Pru East Dr. Kwabena Donkor on the need for the state to designate the Volta Lake Transport Company as a fully owned state parastatal.

“Mr. Speaker I wish the Minister of Transport, is directed to work with VRA to help them detach running of the Lake Transport from VRA”, he remarked.

Meanwhile Deputy Majority Leader, Miss Sarah Adwoa Safo disagreed with the Minority leaders point and suggested that there is nothing wrong if the Volta River Authority runs a business to boost its internal generated funds (IGF).

And added that since the running of the other business will help boost the resource base of VRA in its running and noted that the difficulty will arise if running of the other business will affect the core mandate of VRA and called for the striking of balance duty.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com