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Kweku Awotwi ECG problems more managerial than revenue collection – energy expert

Kweku Awotwi , former Volta River Authority Chief Executive has blamed the problems associated with ECG on management issues.

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Former Volta River Authority Chief Executive, Kweku Awotwi

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The challenges bedeviling the Electricity Company of Ghana are more of managerial issues than revenue collection, an energy expert Kweku Awotwi has said.

ECG inefficiencies are more than not just collecting and tampering and colluding…It’s a management issue,’ Awotwi said TV3’s Hot Issue on Saturday.

He however hastened to add that ‘if we don’t have the right incentives on top of ECG, we will struggle.’

The former Volta River Authority Chief Executive noted that the ‘incentives’ for revenue collectors of ECG and Northern Electricity Development Company to ‘collude’ with the public ‘are very high.’

He added: ‘I think that for me, it’s a shame when I read in the paper that the President or the minister is worrying about metres. That should be somebody else’s job. This is where I think a private sector system is better placed with the incentives to get them to work.’

He furthered his comments on ECG’s managerial challenges, saying better systems, incentives and sanctions must be put in place to achieve efficiency.

‘There is no reason why we can’t do it ourselves,’ he said. ‘There’s no reason why we can’t do this. I don’t think it’s an issue of foreign versus Ghanaian. I think the issue is very much more about systems in place, incentives in place, the sanctions in place if you don’t do things and I do think that [in] our current set up, those systems are not in place.’

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