Mr Delali Oklu, General Manager, Electricity Company of Ghana, Volta/Oti Regions, has cautioned Assembly Members against the installation and sharing of electricity meters for community members.
He said the practice was contributing heavily to the Company’s system losses and must be stopped.
Mr Oklu explained that most of such meters were installed on the blindside of the Company and not captured in its billing system, with many consumers using power for free.
The General Manager, in an interaction with the media said, currently, the Region was recording 16 per cent system losses attributable to unaccountable meters and some other technical challenges.
“Nationally, our system loss is around 24 per cent and 16 per cent in the Region whereas international best practice says it should be in single digits,” Mr Oklu said.
He said another major concern was the fixing of streetlights without the involvement of the Electricity Company.
Mr Oklu said a number of streetlights were not on the Company’s database, though they were using electricity and said such encroachments on ECG’s networks were deadly.
“Just last month, January, two staff of some contractors were electrocuted when they attempted fixing streetlights on our networks. This is bad and we must all stop it,” he added.
Mr Oklu said the Company was engaging all stakeholders, especially political actors and opinion leaders to stop the incidence of “unaccounted for” meters in the system, halt other commercial losses and improve efficiency.
He said ECG was working at ensuring that meters were readily available to meet demands with quick response and called for the support of all.