The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has recovered GH¢1, 612, 560.37 thro-ugh a nationwide mass disco- nnection of illegal electricity and revenue protection exercise, embarked upon by a special task force, last August.
Industries and hotel operators were major culprits of illegal connection of electricity, especially in the Greater Accra Region.
Nana Kobina Arthur-Forson, Director of Customer Services at ECG, who disclosed these at a media encounter in Accra on Wednesday, said currently, a total of 152 individuals and industries have been prosecuted and several others were also facing prosecution for illegal connections.
He said the culprits had used sophisticated and subtle means of benefiting from electricity without paying, adding that the task force was able to outwit the culprits to uncover their illegal activities.
Nana Arthur-Forson mentioned that during the exercise, a total of 36, 496 electricity meters were checked and a total of 21, 192 of the facilities were screened in which 452 illegal connections were detected.
He said 5,106,837kwh was recovered, stressing that, the operation had resulted in additional revenue, which would have been lost due to illegal connections.
Nana Arthur-Forson said the ECG team would visit every house in the country, and pay particular attention to industries, enterprises and hotels.
He appealed to the public to report people who would engage in illegal connections to ECG authorities for the necessary action.
Mr. Ishmael Tettey Oku, Acting Manager, Technical Investigation, and a member of the Revenue Protection Exercise at ECG, said some of the culprits engaged in meter tampering and others buried illegal connections underground under concrete blocks.
He mentioned Superline Limited at South Industrial Area and Najinaram Hotel at Shaishie, all in Accra, as some of the companies found to have engaged in illegal connections.
He said the court imposed a fine of GH¢87,000 on Superline Limited and GH¢18,000 on Najinaram Hotel.
Mr. William Boateng, the Public Relations Manager at ECG disclosed that there are currently ECG courts for the prosecution of illegal connections of electricity and urged the public to desist from tampering with ECG meters, installations or their properties.
By Joseph Edu Archison