THE Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), was established, primarily, to provide quality, reliable and safe electricity services to support the socio-economic growth and development of the country.
Over the years, the company carried out its mandate, notwithstanding the challenges that confronted it from time to time.
However, the burden of distributing electricity across the entire country could not be sustained by the company, so in 1987, the responsibility of distributing and supplying power was split in the southern and northern sectors.
The then government created the Northern Electricity Department (NED) which took over the responsibility of the management of electric power distribution in Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
The ECG is, therefore, confined to the distribution of electricity in the southern part of the country in areas such as Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Volta and the Western Regions.
This arrangement was basically to ensure efficient distribution of electricity and revenue collection from customers.
As a matter of fact, ECG has largely carried out its mission but has also faced challenges that refuse to go away.
One of the ways that ECG thought it could efficiently collect its revenue was through private prepayment vending stations.
Indeed, these vending stations have been of tremendous assistance to both customers and the ECG, but they now face hostility from the same customers they serve.
They are facing relentless attacks from consumers who are angry about the 59.2 percent increment on electricity tariffs.
The Times is concerned about the growing trend of the attacks on the innocent vendors across the country.
Fact is, these vendors have nothing to do with the recent increases, yet they have become the target of angry customers across the country.
Reports reaching this paper is that not only are the customers angry about the increase in tarrifs, they are also complaining about the fast reading of their meters.
But instead of directing their complaints at ECG, they are unjustifiably attacking the vendors.
It is important, therefore, that the ECG provides security for these vendors who are providing an important social service in many local communities across the country.
The ECG and the security services must take action to protect them before any lunatic takes advantage and hurts any vendor.
A stitch in time saves nine!