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ECG Eastern Regional office recovers GH¢2.45m from power theft

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ECG personnel at the site to mount a new high-tension pole

The sawed high-tension pole

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) office in the Eastern Region has recovered GH¢2,457,747.25 from customers who engaged in power theft. The Revenue Protection Unit of ECG, through its routine exercise, discovered that some customers had engaged in illegal connections between January and October this year.

During the exercise, 36 of the meters assessed were discovered to have been bypassed, and 24 tampered with, hence, recording low units consumed, 19 connected without authorisation, and three customers had connected power directly to their premises.

The power usage was quantified for the customers to pay. Other customers with challenges on their meters were rectified to ensure that the company raked in the needed revenue to sustain its operations.

The General Manager of ECG for the Eastern Region, Ing Sariel Adobea Etwire, who made this known to the media, said the amount recovered was an improvement over GH¢1.26 million recovered in 2021.

The new pole

She said the ECG had the vision to become financially viable and so would not relent in revenue protection activities to ensure that all customers using power without payment were smoked out for prosecution.

Ing Etwire said the Eastern Region office had undertaken various initiatives, which had, in the past, helped the Region to enjoy a relatively stable power supply. She assured customers that her outfit would continue to work hard to keep the light on, and urged customers to do their part by paying their bills promptly.

“However, those who have not been receiving bills for some time should do well to report to the nearest ECG office to avoid piling up their monthly bills,” she advised.

Meanwhile, personnel of the company from Somanya, on Saturday, replaced a high-tension pole sawed into two by unidentified persons. The attention of the ECG was drawn to the damaged pole on Friday, Sakyiwaa Mensah, Tema Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO), told The Chronicle.

Though it is not clear exactly when the pole was cut, this vandalism came exactly three months after a pole next to the current incident was similarly cut to the ground by unknown persons.

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