Ghanaian Chronicle

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT?

Date published: February 13, 2012


Dear Sir,

Dr. Oteng Adjei, Energy Minister

We write to express the frustration we are going through in the Rural Electrification Project in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region.

The people of Logove-Gbadzame in the Ketu South District are going through so many frustrations and want their voices to be heard through your medium.

This started somewhere in July 2010, when we were asked to contribute GH¢ 48.00 towards the Electrification Project. Each household duly contributed this money through the Assemblymen and Unit Committee members.

After the contribution a few poles were brought for the distribution network, but only a few areas benefited with the rest of the poles diverted to different locations. In three months time, another set of poles were brought, but they were again taken to another location, without any explanation.

This prompted us to write to the Daily Graphic on the 28th of October, 2011. In response to this letter, the PRO of E.C.G came out to say that the Rural Electrification Project is a World Bank sponsored Project and E.C.G is the supervising Agent in the Country, so we should report any illegal fees collected to their District Office. (Daily Graphic November 18th, 2011)

On the 30th of January, 2012, we heard that some contractors were again detailed to continue the work, but this contractor unfortunately came without bringing any pole, let alone to talk of the Aluminum cable to string for the distribution Network. This contractor said he was only asked to come and install Meter.

We were rather asked to contribute GH¢ 5.00 again for Service Pole and GH¢ 4.00 for Meter installation. Despite the fact that we did not benefit from the first contribution, we were still eager to get connected to the National Grid, therefore, we did not hesitate to pay this money.

After the contribution, what we saw was some rejected Service Poles from the previous Project, brought for erection. Even these could not reach everybody so the artisans working with the contractor took advantage and collected more monies from those who could afford not less than GH¢ 100.00 before they planted the pole and shared single phase to them.

Those of us who could not afford were left unattended to and the contractor has packed off. As at now, there is no distribution Network, even though there is layout for this. The whole work was poorly done.

When E.C.G District Office at Denu was contacted, an Officer said they are NOT in charge of the Electrification Project that they only take over after the contractor executed the Project. We became more confused because the PRO of E.C.G earlier on made us to understand that they are in charge of the Electrification Project.

People living in Logove-Gbadzame in the Ketu South District want to know which components of this Project that the World Bank is sponsoring, when Standard Poles and Aluminuim Cables cannot be provided for Networking this Community.

We again want to know who is really in- charge of the Project.
Thank you
Efo Kwame
Agbozume Logove- Gbadzame

 

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