Accra West ECG recovers GH¢1,100,000 from illegal power connections

Prepaid Meter ECG The ECG has embarked on a nationwide revenue mobilisation exercise

Tue, 18 Apr 2023 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Accra West Region, has uncovered the activities of 140 customers engaged in various forms of illegal connections.

Through their illegal activities, the customers do not pay for the electricity they used thereby denying the Company of much needed revenue. Examples of illegalities identified included meter bypass, meter tampering and direct connections.

The identification and arrest of the customers was made since the Company’s launched a month-long exercise to retrieve all debts owed it, and to monitor the health of its meter installations in customer facilities.

Per the company’s records, the customers illegally used about 868,000 kWh of electricity translating to about GH¢1,100,000.

The Public Relations Officer, ECG Accra West Region, Fred Baimbill-Johnson praised the vigilance of the field team in uncovering the illegalities.

According to him, the sophistication of the illegalities identified shows a resolve by some customers to deny the company of revenue from the electricity they use.

“Power has been disconnected to these customers, they have been surcharged for the electricity they used without paying and charged a penalty fee for engaging in the illegalities Also, depending on the gravity of the offence, we will hand some cases over to the police for prosecution” Mr Baimbill-Johnson said.

He added that the Company hopes that these cases will serve as deterrent to other customers to desist from any acts of illegality against the Company.

Staff of the ECG have since the March 20, 2023 been on an exercise to visit all customers to demand the payment of debts owed the company and audit the health of its meter installations.

The ECG Accra West General Manager, Ing. Emmanuel Akinie revealed that the Company is investing heavily in technology to help identify customers who engage in illegalities.

“We have introduced some smart meter solutions on pilot basis, which give us real time updates of what is happening on a customer premises. It signals our office once the meter-case is opened, bypassed or tampered with” he said.

Ing. Akinie further signaled plans to roll out more of such smart meters to aid in the fight against illegalities.

The Accra West region has eight operational districts. These are Ablekuma, Achimota, Amasaman, Bortianor, Dansoman, Kaneshie, Korlebu and Nsawam.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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