The Managing Director of the Electricity Company Ghana (ECG), Samuel Dubik Mahama, has said that he has been receiving calls from some prominent Ghanaians to stop the disconnection exercise his outfit is undertaking to retrieve arrears owed them.
According to him, some of the calls are from figures in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who are afraid that the exercise will destroy the party’s base.
He, however, indicated he does not see the exercise his outfit is carrying out as political but sees it as an action needed for the growth of the company and the country.
“How do we pay the Independent Power Producers? How do we pay GRIDCo? How do we pay VRA? It is a shared responsibility.
“Please let’s just do the right thing because I don’t even have the moral right after sending somebody out of the office to pick up the phone and call him and say ‘hello, can you cut X, Y and Z slack? No’ then what is the moral of the exercise?” he questioned in an interview on JoyNews sighted by GhanaWeb.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on Monday, March 20, 2023, closed all its district, regional and head offices to embark on a month-long nationwide revenue mobilization exercise.
The exercise is expected to end on April 20, 2023, a statement from ECG stated.
Following this announcement, some top institutions in the country have been brought to bear by the power distribution company for owing them huge sums of money.
Below is a list of some of the defaulting companies:
Parliament of Ghana
Parliament of Ghana, according to ECG, owes them GH¢13 million. After holding a crunch meeting with them on Monday, Parliament paid GH¢8million out of the total amount to escape ECG disconnection.
Ghana Airports Company
The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) on Monday, March 20, 2023, paid GH¢10 million out of the GH¢28 million debt it owes the Electricity Company of Ghana to avoid disconnection from the national power supply.
The Airport Company promised to pay the remaining balance it owes ECG within two weeks.
Ho Airport and Ho Technical University
ECG disconnected the power supply of Ho Airport for owing GH¢63,000. Ho Technical University, on the other hand, experienced ‘dumsor’ for being in debted to ECG of the tune of GH¢402,000.
In the same vein, the GRA office in the Volta region was also cut from the national grid for owing GH¢55,000.
B Plus Steel company
In the latest development, B Plus Steel company which owes ECG an amount of GH¢48 million has made a part payment of GH¢20 million.
Meanwhile, ECG has noted that they do not accept cash or cheques for debt collection.
According to the Managing Director of the Company, Samuel Dubik Mahama, all payments should be made through mobile money transfers or via pay-in slips at the bank.