The Deputy Minister of Power John Jinapor has disclosed that GHC99 million was spent to import 999,135 prepaid metres by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and NEDCo between 2012 to 2015.

According to him, 235,000 pieces of metres were procured at the cost of GHC 14,553,738.41 for the NEDCo operational areas, while 764,135 pieces were also procured for the ECG operational areas.

Jinapor explained that the move to change postpaid metres to prepaid metres was to enable ECG perform efficiently.

“The introduction of the prepaid energy metres was a means to enable the utilities, namely ECG and NEDCo to collect revenues affront in order to finance their operations and improve on their effort to provide quality service to the customers,” Jinapor told MPs.

According to him, it was also to empower customers to manage the use of electricity and reduce waste.

Additionally, Jinapor said the introduction of the prepaid metres were to prevent the accumulation of unpaid bills.