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Terkper meets ECG workers; promises solution to their problems

The workers had rejected private sector participation in the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

 
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According to them, it 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.”

They had also warned all government institutions and post-paid electricity consumers to settle all their bills in order not to be affected by the disconnection exercise which they intend to embark on June 20.

The ECG workers had subsequently indicated that there was nothing wrong with the billing software currently being used by the company.

These concerns prompted the meeting with Seth Terkper, who is also the finance minister.

At the end of the meeting, he assured ECG workers that government will find a solution to their problems.

He said: “This isn’t meant to be a meeting where we will be conclusive in any particular topic. It is a continuing engagement.”

Seth Terkper said government’s decision is not to privatise the ECG, but to reform it to make it better.

“The decision also has a wider context as there are discussions that are ongoing as it is in preparing these very state-owned enterprises towards the oil and gas era and making sure that in particular their balance sheet and gains are strengthened,” he added.

Seth Terkper also assured the workers of ECG that government will continue to protect them in the course of their duties.

Some workers of the ECG had earlier indicated that they were under attack from some consumers following the PURC’s directive that the billing software must be suspended following some anomalies detected.

The supervisory power minister said “any molestation that will occur such, incidents should be reported to the security agencies.”

Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union, Ato Bondzie said the Union shall continue to engage the government to ensure that their needs are met.

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