From Inusa Musah, Tema .
In view of the recent attempts by some persons to throw Ghana back into the painful days of unstable power supply, the Head of Security at Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) says his outfit will shoot to kill strange persons they spot around the power installations at odd hours.
His words follow the burning of some pipelines belonging to Cirrus Oil Services Limited, a private oil company in the Tema enclave, last Sunday night. “If it is the business of some people to destroy power installations, we will not hesitate to also shoot and kill them when we spot them around such installations at ungodly hours,” Major Lawrence Appiah (rtd) warned.
Last Sunday night, some alleged arsonists piled car tyres on oil pipelines of Cirrus Oil Services behind the wall of Volta River Authority (VRA) in Tema, and set them ablaze. However, a security man at Red Sea Estates, who saw the billowing smoke, raised the alarm, attracting Fire Service personnel from the Volta River Authority (VRA) to quickly move to the scene to quench the fire.
Speaking to the press, Major Lawrence Appiah (rtd), who expressed worry over the recent attack on power installations, said his outfit had formed a joint patrol team with National Security, the military and police, “and we will not spare anyone who wants to engage in any negative acts that would throw the country into [a] power crisis.”
He wondered why some persons would be bent on pulling the country backward, when the power sector agencies are doing their best to ensure sustainable power supply to Ghanaians.
The Head of Communications at the Ministry of Energy, Nana Kofi Damoah, narrated that some security men who were doing regular checks along the pipelines, discovered that some persons had packed car tyres over some of the pipelines and set them ablaze.
“This is a very sad development for all of us. It gets more confusing, and it gets sadder that, as we are facing challenges and working hard to get the people of Ghana out of the challenges that we are facing, there are some very determined persons who also wish that we would stay in the condition for a longer period. Investigations into this development have begun,” he added.
He additionally said the Energy Ministry was working hard to ensure that persons seeking to destroy properties belonging to the sector were dealt with.
Last Sunday’s incident comes barely a month after some unidentified persons hacked down GRIDCo’s transmission tower in Tema.