The total debt owed by consumers to ECG has reached GHC1.6 billion with government currently owing the ECG GHC950 million while private individuals also owe an amount to the tune of GH¢650 million to the state power distributor.
Their action is coming at a period when government is taking strenuous steps to privatize the state power distributor because it is not commercially viable.
The general secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union, who was Speaking to the media, the said the outstanding debts are crippling their operations, and that “The outstanding debts coupled with the continuous consumption of power by government ministries, agencies and departments and other institutions are seriously affecting the revenue generation of the company.
He indicated that, as a trading concern, the fact that about 40% of their monthly billings are constantly not paid by these high consumers is aggravating the financial crisis of the company.
“As workers, we have exercised a lot of restraint and caution but have come to the realization that some drastic action needs to be taken to resolve this matter once and for all. Accordingly, we urge all consumers to take note that we are going to embark on massive disconnection exercise beginning June 20 to claim our monies,” he said.