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I Will Descend On You Soon – Amewu Warns People Involved In Illegal Electricity Connection

The Energy Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu, has cautioned those engaging in illegal electricity connection that, his outfit would soon descend on them heavily, saying that the energy was the backbone to any government’s industrialization drive; therefore, it would plug the loopholes in the sector, especially illegal power connection.

Mr Amewu urged all stakeholders including the media to support the government’s efforts to halt the menace, adding; “just as you did in the galamsey fight, we need the media to fight illegal power connection as well”.

Speaking at a handing over ceremony to Mr Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh, the Lands and Natural Resources Minister designate in Accra, Energy Minister Mr. Amewu warned district managers who were unconcerned, while illegal power connection was taking place under their nose to sit up, saying; “If we are able to flush out those illegalities, of course, we will see that the energy sector debts will gradually reduce”.

The Minister also assured that the Ministry would work consciously to minimise transmission losses, which was in excess of 300 per cent and called on electricity consumers using high consuming generators to switch to gas.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), says it is cracking down on customers who have illegally connected their structures to the national power grid.

The Acting Managing Director of ECG, Ing. Boakye Appiah said that a programme had been initiated by the company which involved routine visits to the premises of customers in order to ensure nothing untoward was going on.

According to him, the programme had so far led to the recovery of about 23 million cedis since 2016.

This includes the recovery of GHc 2.8 million in Tema and GHC 450.000 in the Eastern Region last year.



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