THE Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) earlier this week announced an emergency load-shedding exercise across the country. According to the ECG, this has become necessary because of some challenges facing the power generation companies.
ALTHOUGH this is not the first time ECG is undertaking such an exercise, we at Todaythink that the ECG has not been fair to the Ghanaian public, especially with the announcement of what it (ECG) describes as emergency nationwide load-shedding exercise. To that effect we take the position that the ECG has more questions to answer.
THERE is no denying the fact that Ghanaians have enjoyed some relative power stability since the start of the year (2013,) though a short time. Therefore, if it has become necessary to embark on such an exercise ECG are duty-bound to provide us with the details.
BUT, as we write, details of that so-called emergency load-shedding are published nowhere in the public domain. The situation, we at Today can say, is not helping at all, especially when one does not have information of when there will be a scheduled power cut in a particular area.
Strangely too, the ECG has not been able to tell Ghanaians when the exercise will end.
WEonToday consider the ECG?s conduct a sign of total disrespect to Ghanaians, whose money and taxes are used to pay their salaries. Indeed, the ECG must come out and apologise to the Ghanaian people and also provide us with a time-table on this new load shedding. The practice, as we all know it, is that anytime the ECG wishes to carry out load-shedding exercise it would advertise/announce times, dates and locales to be affected in the print and electronic media. So what happened this time?
LAST year President John Dramani Mahama told Ghanaians that the load-shedding exercise will end in the middle of November. So we on Today ask: Mr. President, what is happening?
It is an established fact that spontaneous power cuts have caused damage to electrical gadgets and equipment of residents and companies. And in worst instances, unannounced power cuts have caused fire outbreaks at homes, offices, market centers and industries.
MEANWHILE ECG does not compensate its consumers whose electrical gadgets and equipment are damaged by such unannounced power cuts. Perhaps ECG has not considered the adverse effects of unscheduled power cuts to the country. Many industries are strained any time a load shedding programme is announced, and this obviously affects productivity.
WHAT is more worrying is the fact that abrupt darkness in communities tends to be?encouragement? to criminals to carry out their nefarious activities. As the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) begins tomorrow there is no indication as to which part of the country will get the opportunity to watch which matches.
IT is against this backdrop that we at Todayare charging the ECG to put its acts together and get the problem addressed. The recurring and protracted power cuts and load-shedding must cease!