In anticipation of the privatisation of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the body has begun a nationwide disconnection exercise in an attempt to recover monies owed it by their customers.
The exercise which began today, June 20 is expected to continue throughout the week.
According to the records of the company, the government of Ghana is on top of the list of debtors the company is targeting. Government currently owes ECG GHC950 million while private individuals owe GH¢650 million, making a total of about GHC1.6 billion.
General Secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union, Ato Kwamena Bondzie-Quaye said since government has failed to pay all outstanding debts owed the company, the exercise will take place as planned.
“The outstanding debts coupled with the continuous consumption of power by government ministries, agencies and departments and other institutions are seriously affecting the revenue generation of the company,” he said.
According to him, any attempt by any authority to frustrate or impede the ECG’s move to collect the outstanding debt will be fiercely resisted and the power distributor will consider such interference as a deliberate act to prevent them from carrying out their legitimate duties as workers.
“As a trading concern, the fact that about 40% of our monthly billings are constantly not paid by these high consumers is aggravating the financial crisis of the company. As workers, we have exercised a lot of restraint and caution but have come to the realization that some drastic action needs to be taken to resolve this matter once and for all.”