General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has hinted at possible sanctions against the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as over 2000 clients cannot purchase prepaid power due to server challenges.
A statement signed by PURC’s Executive Secretary Mrs Mami Dufie Ofori indicated on Thursday, December 7, that the commission has requested ECG to show reason why it should not be punished for the recent challenges.
PURC is “requesting the company (ECG) to show cause in respect of monetary penalties to be imposed with a response deadline of December 8, 2017 in accordance with due process”.
The commission further plans to undertake comprehensive independent investigations into ECG’s IT infrastructure to ascertain the root cause of the system failure which will inform further regulatory actions.
PURC said after investigations, they have ordered ECG to “immediately augment its help desks in all affected district offices to deal with the large number of customers and inform the public of the measures being undertaken to resolve the problem”.
Additionally, PURC has “issued initial time-bound directives to ECG to submit details of its emergency response measures carried out”.
As early as 3am, hundreds of customers were seen at some ECG offices in long, winding queues waiting for their turn to purchase prepaid credit.
Some of the frustrated individuals told Accra100.5FM’s Nana Amoako Gyampah that they have been unable to purchase prepaid credit from ECG for days.
They called for government’s intervention.