ECG Debtors To Face Court: They Owe ECG GH? 670 M

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wpid-ECG.jpgIntelligence gathered by Today indicates that the management of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG,) is lacing its boot to haul before the courts of law all public and private institutions that

owe it.

Though the paper could not ascertain the actual date the ECG will commence filing the writs against its defaulters, it can state on authority that the company, which has currently become notorious over the last three-to-four years for a disastrous power rationing is likely to file the first writ before the end of this mouth.

A confidant at the company?s head office told Today that ECG management, at a recent meeting, took that decision to please the powers-that-be that they are doing the job, so they must be consider for re-appointment.

Sources close to higher echelons of the company said there are whispers of pending shake-up in the company and it is likely to affect some board members and management staff.

Consequently, the fear of being declared redundant, the sources intimated, is what has pushed management to the decision to haul its debtors before court.

If the ECG does carry out its decision, major institutions, private and public, including educational and financial institutions will be affected for non-payment of electricity
bills for years.

Today gathered that about four hundred and fifty (450) public and private institutions currently owe ECG about GH? 670 million.

This is an amount that has accumulated since 2011 and the size has been the subject of much public commentary by personalities that include the Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper,
Kwesi Pratt Jr., who have all called on the ECG to do something about it.

Speaking on an Accra-based radio station, Peace FM, about a fortnight ago, Kwesi Pratt listed some companies indebted to ECG.? He also said: ?Government departments and agencies owe ECG an amount GH?230 million. Why??

The revelation was surprising particularly since then Vice President Mahama in 2012 directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to change over from post-paid to pre-paid meters.

The lack of supervision from the Presidency to ensure that directive was carried out caused this debt, a source said.

Defaulting state institutions include the Kpong Water Works, 37 Military Hospital, Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Rooster Station, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Office of the President, State House, Parliament, Ghana Manganese Company and Police Headquarters.

Others include the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of
Transport.

The interesting discovery is that most of these institutions claim they are running at a loss and therefore have no capacity to honour their debts. They would perhaps have to depend on the benevolence of the state to bail them out lest they be disconnected from the national grid.

The Kpong Water Works recently sent an SOS to government to save it from closure.

In the Accra East Region ECG radar are the Pantang Hospital, the Ghana Standards Board, the National Identification Authority, the Forestry Commission, Ghana Trade Fair Company, and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.? These institutions owe ECG as much money as they need for restructuring.

El-wak Military Barracks, the National Theatre and National Institute of Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), VAT Service, Police Hospital and the Controller and Accountant-General?s Department owe the ECG.

For Accra West Region ECG, Today learnt that the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) wears the defaulters? crown with the SSNIT House, Trust Towers, Ridge Tower and Office/Shopping topping their list.

Others include Public Archives Department, the Cocoa Marketing Board, State Publishing Company, State Insurance Corporation, Ghana Rubber Company and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Juapong Textiles, Regional Maritime and PSC Tema Shipyard and several companies made the cut as did the Tema Municipal Assembly, (TMA), Ghana Bauxite Company and the Ghana Railway Corporation, the Air force Senior Officers Mess, the Ghana Manganese Company, the Ghana Rubber Estates Limited, the Ghana Cocoa Board and Kumasi Abattoir all in the Western Region were defaulters of ECG debts.

Plush hospitality institutions in Ghana such as the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Tulip Hotel, Shangri La Hotel, Hotel Wangara, Raybow Hotel, Tema?s Premier Hotel; Hotel Majorie ?Y?, Coco Beach Hotel, Tema based outfit, N-Joy Hotel ,Tema-Royal Ravico Hotel, and Best Western Premier Hotel.

Others are the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Alisa Hotel, Sanaa Lodge Hotel, GS Hotel, Ascension Hotel, East Legon Calwell Hotel, Chase Restaurant and VVIP and Ghana Food Court.

Interestingly all these hotels charge their customers rates in which they embed the power component, which customers must settle on signing into or signing out of the facility.

Mobile telephony companies are not left out of the ECG?s list of debtors.? Close analysis indicates they are unmatched in their accumulated debts profile with some owing in all their operational areas in the ten regions; in some cases they owe in multiple accounts and their separate total debts stand in millions of cedis.

STORY: KORYEKPOR AWLESU FREEMAN

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