The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Tema Region has sued 19 individuals and businesses for engaging in illegal power connections, the Revenue Protection Manager at the Tema ECG, Mrs Zita Kyei-Gyamfi, has told news personnel in Tema.
At a press soiree, Mrs Kyei-Gyamfi was reluctant to mention the names of the suspects. She said the company would not relent in its efforts at pursuing bad nuts in the society who engage in illegal power connections, by dragging them to court.
It would be recalled that in 2018, the ECG discovered that about 40 businesses in Tema had connected power illegally.
They included Subin Valley Hotel, Step One Drinking Spot, New York Spot, all at Community Seven, and T-Havana, an events centre and night club, at Community Nine.
These businesses, Mrs Zita Kyei-Gyamfi explained, had been surcharged by her outfit, and she was glad to tell the press that some of them had already started paying. Those that had defaulted in the payment are the ones in the dock, she explained.
Touching on the efforts of the Revenue Protection Units of the company, Mrs Zita Kyei-Gyamfi told the media that the Tema ECG was able to recover an amount of GH¢2,242, 940, representing 2.247GWh of power stolen in 2018 by customers who engaged in wrongdoing.
Out of the total amount, the ECG collected GH¢1,794,352, with GH¢448,588 yet to be collected.
Earlier, Joseph Mensah Forson, General Manager of Tema ECG, thanked the media for alerting the company to act when they experienced or eavesdropped the concerns of consumers.
The collaboration between the ECG and media, he said, would be strengthened the more through regular interactions between the two, to be abreast with the operations of the former.