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ECG to disconnect gov't institutions owing bills

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the General Secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU), Ato Kwamena Bondzie-Quaye said it is rather unfortunate that government has been unable to pay all outstanding debts owed the company.

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According to him, all government institutions and post-paid electricity consumers must settle all their bills in order not to be affected by the disconnection exercise.

“Any attempt by any authority to frustrate or impede our move to collect the outstanding debt will be fiercely resisted and we will consider such interference as a deliberate act to prevent us from carrying out our legitimate duties as workers.”

He further indicated that government’s intention to privatize the ECG’s concession will negatively affect local content because “the foreign investors whose objective is to maximize returns on his investments will prefer to source for cheap materials from outside at the expense of the existing Ghanaian suppliers.”

“Virtually all the profits that will be generated will be repatriated outside the country with its attendant negative impact on the Ghana cedi. After 25 years, most of the assets that the private partner will hand over to the government will be virtually obsolete,” the General Secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU) added.

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