ECG recovers GH¢39.7m from illegal customers

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) recovered GH¢39.7 million in a special exercise it embarked on nationwide to clamp down on illegal activities, from August last year  to March this year.

The Director of Customer Services of ECG, Nana Kobina Arthur-Forson, disclosed this on Thursday when the special revenue protection team extended the exercise to Tema Community 8 in the Tema North District of the ECG.

According to him the exercise was also aimed at creating awareness about the need to stop stealing electricity.

Nana Arthur-Forson said owners of three houses found to be stealing electricity through “the by passing of the installed pre-paid meters,” were disconnected, and the owners served with summons to appear before the Tema North District Manager, to pay for the lost revenue.

He said apart from being surcharged, the culprits would face prosecution at the Saturday Court, set up to deal with people who steal electricity.

A lady occupant affected by the exercise, told reporters that she was not aware of any by passing of installed pre-paid meters, explaining that in 2014 she realised a red light on their meter, and the ECG office at Community 11 was informed about it.

She said that a technician was sent to the house to inspect the meter and the technician said there was the need to change the meter, but because there was none available the advice was not carried out.

The team also found out that there was by-passing of installed pre-paid meters at two other houses at the Community 8 Police barracks.

Nana Arthur-Forson said occupants of barracks generally did not pay electricity bills as such the bills would be forwarded to the Accountant General’s Department for payment.

He said he was, therefore, worried that occupants would indulge in any act that would make it impossible to assess units consumed, and indicated that the ECG would investigate the matter.

Nana Arthur-Forson indicated that ECG would continue the exercise until all electricity ‘thieves’ were brought to book.

 From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.

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