Illegal connection costs ECG GH¢4 million in 9 months alone

Illegal connection costs ECG GH¢4 million in 9 months alone

  • GH4 million was spent by the ECG in nine months on illegal networking activities
  • The Accra West area of ​​the ECG fears that the situation will worsen
  • Efforts are being made to deal with this situation

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Accra West Region Electricity Company (ECG) of Ghana lost about GH ¢ 4 million by 2021 over the past nine months due to illegal connectivity activities.

Illegal connection operations stole an estimated 3.9 million kWh (3.9mkWh) between January and September 2021, resulting in the loss of 9 3.9 million GH of the company during that period.

Illegal connection costs ECG GH¢4 million in 9 months alone
Illegal connection costs ECG GH¢4 million in 9 months alone. Photo: Getty Images
Source: UGC

This was revealed by Dr Mark Owus Ansa, Regional Finance Officer, Accra West Region ECG, in an interview with Ghana News Agency, on the side of major revenue consolidation plans and disconnected from Achimota and Accra suburbs.

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The project, carried out by ECG executives across the country, has helped the company repay its customer debt to improve its performance.

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Dr Ansa said the same number would be recorded in the region by 2020 under similar circumstances. He expressed concern that the company's performance in the region and nationally was faltering.

"From January to December last year, 2020, in the Accra West region alone, we found that 4 million kWh of electricity was lost. You can imagine people we don't know."

“For the year 2021, the year is not over, but from January to September, the number of illegal connections we can see is 3.9m / kwh. If you convert it into cash, it becomes GH ¢ 3.9 million. These illegal connections are very damaging to us in terms of revenue. We buy electricity from our suppliers and distribute it to our customers to make a profit. Everyone trades to make a profit, but for us, we pay our suppliers, but when our customers get it, they want to find ways to use electricity for free, causing losses. "

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Drs. Ovus, however, explained that some progress had been made in recovering the amount of revenue lost due to illegal connections. The energy sector is estimated to lose 31 percent annually due to several shortcomings.

Of the GH3.8 million lost by 2020, however, GH ¢ 2.4 million was recovered after criminals were identified and charged, with a loss of GH2.2 million this year, explains Dr Ansa. It was also a recovery.


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