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Is ECG Broke?

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THE ELECTRICITY Company of Ghana (ECG) is struggling to generate the needed funds to support its operations, largely because a section of its customers are refusing to pay for the power they have consumed.

This unfortunate development has cropped up following the suspension of Power Distribution Services (PDS).

The government recently suspended the PDS contract and directed ECG to take over its operations for now.

Unfortunately, consumers that pay normally their tariffs with cheque, are reluctant to direct their cheques to the accounts of ECG.

Reports say this unfortunate development is adversely affecting the ECG in terms of income generation.

Erasmus Kyere Baidoo, the Ashanti Regional ECG PRO, who confirmed the report on radio, complained bitterly about the situation.

“Some individuals and institutions are not ready to pay their tariffs in cheque into the ECG accounts nowadays.

“This is a challenge because these customers are confused as to whether they should pay into our accounts”, he said.

He assured that the suspension of the PDS was not going to affect power supply in the country, and urged the public to remain calm as the notorious power crisis (dumsor) would not raise its ugly head again.

“It is the same PDS staff that is working with the ECG so nothing has changed”, he assured during a radio chat.

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