In West Africa, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is in the process of recouping funds owed to it by both individuals and companies in the New Juaben municipality in the Eastern Region and the Ho municipality in the Volta Region.
They are each indebted to ECG by $697,770 and $837,324 respectively.
Some of the defaulting companies include the Ghana Water Company, the Ghana Police Service and the Koforidua Polytechnic. ECG has decided to take action by prosecuting each defaulting firm, Graphic Online reported.
In addition, ECG will disconnect those who have not yet settled their outstanding bills.
Disconnection of education and health facilities
According to media, the Registrar of the Koforidua Polytechnic, Nii Annan Mensah-Livingstone, is surprised that the ECG has decided to go this route, in spite of a letter dated May 18, 2015, which was signed by the Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor.
The letter stated that all public educational and health institutions should be exempted from any disconnection exercise in view of the critical services they provided the citizenry, Graphic Online reported.
ECG has issued payment notices to 218 defaulting consumers and companies in the Volta region, warning to them to pay what is owing to the ECG or face prosecution.
Customers whose bills are in arrears of more than 28 days after receipt of the bills have already been disconnected from the grid.
Volta Regional General Manager of the ECG, Ing Joseph Mensah Forson, said in a press release that defaulters who had been disconnected should not take it as a “licence to refuse to pay for the power you have already used.”
Adding additional capacity
According to the Eastern Regional General Manager of the ECG, Ing Michael Baah, the power distribution company had constructed an additional 40MVA capacity substation at Adweso Mile 50 to support the only existing 20MVA at Nsukwao, a suburb of Koforidua.
He added that the construction of the new substation would contribute additional capacity within the next five to 10 years, Graphic Online reported.