The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the Western Region has fined three institutions to the tune of GHc122,607.61 for illegal connection.
The companies in question are Ankobra Fm in Axim in the Nzema East Municipality, BP Restaurant in Takoradi and Johnson and Johnson, a small scale mining company in Tarkwa. Ankobra Fm was surcharged GHc16, 998.76, Johnson and Johnson, GHc100, 578.74 and BP Restaurant, GHc 5,030.11 respectively.
The companies have since entered into a payment plan with the ECG to pay all monies, failure to which they will be prosecuted.
Speaking to Citi News, the Western Region Public Relations Officer of the ECG, Philip Osei Bonsu indicated that the process was part of the company’s effort to enhance their revenue collection and protection.
He however warned that the company is embarking on this exercise to serve as a deterrent to their cherished customers who will engage in illegal connections. Apart from surcharging culprits, they may be prosecuted. Philip Osei Bonsu noted that ECG has started an exercise of deploying their technicians to visit every meter in the system to ensure the integrity of the meters.
This exercise, he reiterated, will continue. He also announced “a 6 percent of surcharge amount will be given to informant as reward for members of the public who will volunteer information to our loss control team.”