The Tema Division of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is converting all underground cables in the metropolis into overhead cables due to poor city planning.

Speaking to Ghana News Agency, Mrs Theresa Osabutey, Senior Public Relations Officer, ECG Tema, said the main reason for the conversion is to help her outfit detect faults on time.

According to her, managing underground was very tedious, adding that, the company normally finds it very difficult to assess faults due to poor and haphazard planning of the metropolis and has to excavate and even demolish structures  before accessing the cables.

On overhead cables, she said it is very easy detecting faults and fixing them and thus increases the efficiency of the company.

The programme has however attracted the anger of some residents of Tema, especially the elderly.

?The idea of constructing Tema, as envisioned by Dr Kwame Nkrumah was to make it a special place where residents could have enjoy open spaces without the risk of electrocution. As if now we have not had enough alteration and desecration of Tema, they are stringing electrical wires all over our heads,? Mr Albert Saba, 72, said.

According to him, ?Tema is becoming a huge refuse dump. If Kwame Nkrumah were to come back to this city today, he would weep and curse us?,

Ms Dorothy Asare Kumah, Public Relations Officer, Tema Development Corporation, said no single institution could be exonerated from the current problem of haphazard development of the metropolis.

According her, there was an overlap of duties and functions, adding, planning and implementation institutions did not have clearly defined roles.

She said TDC and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) had formed a joint committee on permit to ensure that the problem of constructing unauthorized structures came to an end.

Source: GNA

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