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Gov't pleads with ECG to exclude critical agencies

The national power distributor, Electricity Company of Ghana, has begun a nationwide disconnection exercise in a bid to recover debts owed by its customers.

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The exercise which began on June 20 is in anticipation of a privatisation of the company.

Government currently owes ECG GHC950 million while private individuals owe GH¢650 million, making a total of about GHC1.6 billion.

The disconnection exercise has so far affected some institutions including a Police barracks at Tema Community 8, and the newly inaugurated Ayensu Starch Factory.However, a statement signed by the Deputy Minister of Power, John Abdulai Jinapor said the ECG should consider exempting health, educational and security installations from the disconnection exercise.

“The Ministry of Power wishes to commend efforts currently being made by the Electricity Company of Ghana to collect outstanding bills owed it by various categories of customers complemented by the Revenue Task Force. We have also noted the ongoing disconnection exercise being carried out by ECG to retrieve outstanding bills owed by customers,” the statement said.“Whilst we commend ECG in that regard, we wish to bring to your attention, Government’s decision to temporarily exclude certain critical categories from pre-payment metering and the mass disconnection exercise. These include critical installations in the health, security and educational institutions," the statement added.

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