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ECG Disconnects Illegal Electricity In Swedru

A taskforce made up of the Police, Fire Service and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) officials over the weekend embarked on an exercise to disconnect illegal electricity connections at the Swedru Central Market.

The disconnection follows a recommendation by the taskforce, formed by the Agona West Municipal Assembly, which identified that 65 per cent of electricity connections at the market were illegal and could cause fire outbreaks.

Addressing journalists after the exercise, Mr Stephen Agortor, Municipal and Rural Fire Coordinator for the Agona West Fire Station, said the taskforce found out that a majority of the electrical connections were not done by qualified electricians.

He said the situation could easily cause fire outbreak during power outages.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Philip Nortey, Agona Swedru Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), urged market women not to display their wares in the middle of the road.

He said the MTTU has deployed personnel to ensure free flow of traffic on the road linking Akim Oda and Agona Kwanyako behind the market.

Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive told journalists that the Assembly has engaged committed electrical contractors to re-wire the market.

 
 
 
 

Source: GNA

A taskforce made up of the Police, Fire Service and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) officials over the weekend embarked on an exercise to disconnect illegal electricity connections at the Swedru Central Market.

The disconnection follows a recommendation by the taskforce, formed by the Agona West Municipal Assembly, which identified that 65 per cent of electricity connections at the market were illegal and could cause fire outbreaks.

Addressing journalists after the exercise, Mr Stephen Agortor, Municipal and Rural Fire Coordinator for the Agona West Fire Station, said the taskforce found out that a majority of the electrical connections were not done by qualified electricians.

He said the situation could easily cause fire outbreak during power outages.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Philip Nortey, Agona Swedru Divisional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), urged market women not to display their wares in the middle of the road.

He said the MTTU has deployed personnel to ensure free flow of traffic on the road linking Akim Oda and Agona Kwanyako behind the market.

Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive told journalists that the Assembly has engaged committed electrical contractors to re-wire the market.

 
 
 
 

Source: GNA

ECG Meters Not For Sale

The Energy Commission has stated that it is criminal for anybody to sell meters of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to consumers. Consequently, it has asked consumers who have paid for electricity meters to be installed in their houses to make the receipts available to the commission for redress.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s Energy Month in Accra, a member of the Board of the commission, Dr Francis Dakura, said the illegal act was becoming rampant, promising that all efforts would be made to stop the practice. He explained that the meters were the property of the ECG used to measure the quantity of power consumed by the public and bill them accordingly. Dr Dakura said it was, therefore, wrong for the meters to be sold to the consumers and appealed to the general public to insist on their rights by refusing to pay for the electricity meters.

Dr Dakura, who is also the Member of Parliament for Jirapa, explained that the Power Month was set aside every year to educate the public on matters concerning electricity in the country. He said as part of activities for the month, the Energy Commission would meet with electrical contractors in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi to provide them with information on regulations on electrical wiring.

Dr Dakura said another aspect of the planned activities would be a stakeholders and consumers parliament where all the stakeholders including the Volta River Authority(VRA), ECG, GRIDCo, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) and the Energy Commission would share one platform with consumers who would be offered an opportunity to speak about their complaints and expectations of the utilities and the regulatory bodies.

He said the Energy Commission would launch an SMS short code where consumers could send their messages and report incidents of outages in their areas and when power was restored for the commission to monitor the performance of the ECG. Another member of the Board of the commission, Mr Charles Kofi Wayo, said the commission was working hard to ensure that the ECG operated according to rules and regulations and also helping to resolve the intermittent blackouts experienced in some parts of the country.

source: Daily Graphic

ECG Charges On Corrupt Officials

William Hutton-Mensah, acting Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), says his outfit will deal with any employee, contractor or agent who engages in fraudulent deals.

According to him, the company does not want its reputation to be further damaged as revealed by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ investigative exposé.

Mr Hutton-Mensah made this known on Thursday during a durbar with ECG workers at Cape Coast after he was introduced as the acting MD.

The acting MD, a former Director of Network Projects at ECG, who has worked with the company for 27 years, appealed to the public not to hesitate in reporting any corrupt deals of ECG officials.

Mr Hutton-Mensah also expressed worry about the attitude of some staff of ECG, saying such behaviour negatively affects productivity.

He therefore warned employees to discard the notion that government work could be handled anyhow.

He further charged them to go the extra mile and work hard to improve productivity in the company.

According to him, he would supply the various districts in the region with the adequate logistics to ensure power stability.

He also urged customers of ECG to assist the company by paying their bills promptly to ensure its smooth running.

Accompanying the acting MD were Lawrence Osei-Kuffuor, Director of ECG Board Secretariat and Tetteh Okyne, Director of Operations, ECG.

ECG Management stops staff from using mobile phones

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has banned the use of mobile phones by its frontline staff, during working hours. The ban has become necessary, because most of the frontline staff instead of attending to customers, take delight in speaking on their mobile phones, leading to uncessary delays.

Mr. Robert Dwamena, acting Managing Director of ECG, announced this in Accra yesterday. He was speaking at the launch of new uniforms for the 'Power Queens', the ladies club of Electricity Company of Ghana. He advised the female staff, as they launched their uniforms to avoid mediocrity and wear them to portray the image of the company.

Launching the uniform, the regional president of 'Power Queens', Ms. Mercy Bufia, said they woulod enhance the image of the company, stressing that "the uniform is to symbolize hard work and commitment of women in ECG".

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