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Defaulters ECG begins mass disconnections of debtors

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

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Electricity Company of Ghana

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

The exercise which began today, 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.

Bemoaning the effects of the debt situation on operations, General Secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union said the outstanding debts are crippling their operations.

READ MORE: Privatization of ECG Government begins evaluation of ECG assets

“The outstanding debts coupled with the continuous consumption of power by government ministries, agencies and departments and other institutions are seriously affecting the revenue generation of the company.

“As a trading concern, the fact that about 40% of our monthly billings are constantly not paid by these high consumers is aggravating the financial crisis of the company. As workers, we have exercised a lot of restraint and caution but have come to the realization that some drastic action needs to be taken to resolve this matter once and for all. Accordingly, we urge all consumers to take note that we are going to embark on massive disconnection exercise beginning June 20 to claim our monies,”
he said.

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