From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah .
Media practitioners in the Central Region have been charged to partner the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to educate the citizenry on safety rules and regulations regarding the operations of the company.
According Ing. Enoch Yaw Asante, Safety Officer and Maintenance Supervisor of the company in the region, safety issues must be a shared responsibility, hence, the need for the media to get involved.
This was made known during a day’s sensitisation workshop organised for a cross section of the media in the region by the Electricity Company of Ghana.
The purpose was to equip the media personnel with knowledge of the operations of the company, so that they could be in a better position to properly inform the public, who are major stakeholders of the company.
During the sensitisation, it came to light that several electricity-related incidents and deaths could have been avoided if the citizenry had gone by the simple safety regulations.
In a presentation, Ing. Yaw Asante walked the participants through the various stages of electricity generation and distribution and other safety measures.
Ing. Asante said: “Water is a good conductor of electricity, but improper contact with electricity can cause serious injury or death. We must, therefore, avoid contact with electrical equipment during rainstorms.”
Emphasis was placed on the various technical terms and terminologies used by the company in its operations, in order to inform the media to be able to report appropriately.
“When you become conversant with our terms, you can simply interrogate callers whenever they call your stations to draw our attention to outbreaks and other challenges,” Ing Asante said.
The Central Regional General Manager of ECG, Ing. Dr Kwabena Adomah, appealed to the press to ensure that the information they deliver to the public about the ECG was always accurate and factual.
He mentioned that huge sums of money were used to produce electricity, and, therefore, appealed to customers to pay their bills, so that the company could always serve them better.
The workshop was attended by media practitioners from both the print and electronic media.