ECG National Revenue Protection Taskforce Chases Defaulters

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Working On Ecg Transmission Lines
Working On Ecg Transmission Lines

The Electricity Company Ghana (ECG) has scale-up efforts to deal with illegal power consumers across the country, retrieve debts and also institute possible legal actions if necessary.

The ECG has, therefore, formed a National Revenue Protection Taskforce led by a Coordinator from the Ministry of Energy to unearth illegal connection activities in all operational areas.

Ms Sakyiwaa Mensah, ECG Tema Region Public Relations Officer, told the Ghana News Agency that the task force had also been mandated to collect all debt owed to the company.

She said, “all ECG customers and governmental institutions, including State-Owned Enterprises will be disconnected by the taskforce so long as their bills are in arrears as stipulated by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) regulations.”

She said the ECG reserved the right to publish the names of customers whose bills were in arrears and advised customers to pay their bills to avoid embarrassment.

She also urged customers to inspect the Identification Cards of anyone or group of persons who would appear as ECG task force officers and cooperate fully with the officials in the interest of the nation.

Ms Mensah also encouraged the public to report any act of illegal connection to the nearest ECG office or call the taskforce for informant reward of 6 percent of the surcharge amount upon confirmation of the crime.

She said the identities of the informants would remain strictly confidential

Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Appoe, the Tema Regional ECG Engineer, had reiterated that ECG, Tema Region had invested a total of GHC989,800.00 in five major projects to improve reliable power supply to customers within its operational areas.

He said out of the total amount, GHC142,141.92 was invested in the upgrading of undersized conductors serving Tema Community eight and its environs.

The Tema Regional Office covered Tema, Nungua, Prampram, Afienya, Ashaiman, Ada, and Krobo districts.
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Mr Appoe said the project was undertaken within the first half of 2021 and included the construction of links between two of their main overhead sub-transmission to benefit Tema Communities five, and eleven and parts of Community six.

Mr. Appoe, who is the Acting General Manager of ECG Tema, said the construction of the link made it possible for the transfer of load from one feeder to the other in case of repair works to ensure continuous power supply.

He added that another project was the restoration of faulty underground sub-transmission link cables between two substations to ensure that Communities five, six, and ten get a better supply of power.

“In some areas, the Company realized that the load on the available transformers’ were getting too high, hence, resulting in low voltage to customers in the catchment area. Several transformers were added to the existing ones serving Power City and surrounding areas in Prampram, Community 19, and behind the Emef Estate,” he said.

The Company, he said, was committed to its mission of providing safe, quality, and reliable electricity services to clients, therefore, the reason for investing heavily in the projects.

He urged developers, and the public to desist from encroaching on the right of way which might have electricity network installations, saying doing so often led to unnecessary delays in case of faults repairing, which eventually leads to delayed outage periods.

He also admonished the public against illegal connections which end up overloading ECG’s transformers and therefore people the public to report suspected cases of illegal connections.

“Illegal connections are one of the main reasons for transformer overloads, which leads to low voltages for consumers and sometimes, a total breakdown of the transformers, hence, plunging customers into outages till the transformers are replaced,” Mr. Appoe stated.

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