Communications Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), William Boateng has expressed dissatisfaction with some media practitioners in the country who use their platform to incite people against the company.
Some people hurled unprintable words at the ECG, especially on radio recently over the erratic power supply because some radio journalists incited them to do so on their networks.’
Mr. Boateng stated that the power crisis in the country, popularly known as ‘dumsor,’ could not be attributed to the ECG ‘so it is unfair for the media to incite people against the ECG over the issue.’
He disclosed this while addressing a section of journalists in the Ashanti Region during the ECG’s press soiree in Kumasi.
The interactive event was graced by some top ECG officials.
Mr. Boateng criticized some media practitioners who allegedly concoct messages on their network to instigate the public to insult officials of the ECG.
He indicated that the ECG does not take delight in cutting power to households, saying power crisis had adversely affected the revenue of the ECG.
The ECG, which is a distributor of power, would have loved to constantly supply power to households and companies in order to have more money to pay staff and improve our work, he indicated.
Mr. Boateng therefore appealed passionately to the media to be fair to the ECG when reporting on the power crisis, saying the manner in which the media was targeting ECG alone over the power crisis was unhealthy.
According to him, the ECG distributes power available to them to the public, admonishing the public to appreciate the work of the ECG.
Mr. Boateng admonished the public to refrain from assaulting ECG staff and setting its transformers ablaze, pointing out that such illegal acts would not solve the power problem.
Peter Opoku, Ashanti West ECG General Manager, said the ongoing load-shedding exercise was negatively affecting the revenue of the ECG.
Explaining further, he said the ECG was working assiduously behind the scene to improve its civil and technical areas in the Ashanti region to provide quality service to the people.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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