The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will be resuming their Revenue Mobilisation exercise as of today in an effort to generate revenue.
There will be mass disconnection of power – a public notice by the ECG says this move is to help them generate more revenue to manage their systems better. “The exercise will focus on all categories of customers in arrears. All customers who owe ECG are therefore advised to pay up their bills,” the statement read.
There have also been calls by ECG for an increment in tariffs. The utility has asked for a tariff increase to support its operations. The Managing Director of the state power distributor, Kwame Agyemang-Badu, said the company needs the money to improve its operations amid incessant power outages across the country.
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“If we get the increase, we will love it [but] that will be up to the PURC because, no matter what we propose, they will ultimately decide,” Agyemang-Badu stated. He added: “In terms of distribution, we need support because we have to do upgrades to make sure the system is sustainable. We don’t wait till something is broken before we fix it. We need additional funds to upgrade our systems at all times.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, assured Ghana it would not slip back into the prolonged period of outages between 2012 and 2016 christened ‘Dumsor’. The minister’s remarks come on the back of incessant power cuts in various parts of the country in the past few days, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘Dumsor’ era.
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Despite these unannounced power cuts the Ghana Grid Company, GRIDCo, said the country has enough power to supply its needs. That notwithstanding, GRIDCo revealed that it is in talks with ECG and NEDCo to roll out a timetable for power outages across the country. “We should all be sincere and truthful in our communication,” said Prempeh.