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Pulse News On The Go – 6th June, 2016

President John Dramani Mahama has called on Muslims in the country to pray for God’s peace for the upcoming general elections in this month of Ramadan. Muslims in Ghana will from today join other Muslims worldwide for Ramadan after it was confirmed that the moon has been seen. Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Sharubutu has urged Muslims to take the fasting serious and pray fervently for themselves and the country. Meanwhile, the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo has asked Ghanaian Muslims to pray against corruption in the society during this holy month of Ramadan.

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has begun piloting its new billing and payment system in the Tema metropolis from June, 2016. Head of Public Relations and Communications, Stanley Martey says the system will calculate customers’ water consumption and automatically send them their corresponding bill via text message (SMS) and or e-mail. He says customers are, therefore, required to make available to GWCL, two reliable cell phone numbers each, and email addresses if possible, to receive their bills.

Public utility workers have come under a wave of attacks from the general public over anomalies with electricity bills. General Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union, Michael Nyantakyi, says the attack has been intense following a confirmation of the anomaly by the Public Utility Regulation Commission. The PURC last month directed the ECG to suspend the implementation of the current billing software “until further notice,” following complaints from customers that they are being overcharged.

The Ministry of Finance has denied assertions by the Ghana Union of Traders Association that it has granted a flat VAT rate of 3% to traders. According to the Finance Ministry all traders are expected to pay a 17.5% Value Added Tax on all chargeable goods and services and not 3% as being announced by GUTA.

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