Eastern Region ECG recovers GH¢949,116 from power theft

By Benjamin Akoto, GNA

Koforidua (E/R), Jan 20, GNA – The Eastern
Regional branch of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Limited has recovered
GH¢949,116 from customers engaged in illegal connection of power.

The amount represents penalties and
surcharges imposed on offending customers – caught using electricity illegally.

They included hotels, cold store and
restaurant operators, drinking pubs, media organisations and individuals.

Speaking to the media on the matter, the
Acting Revenue Protection Manager, Mr. Sylvester Ofosu Amankwaah, said the
types of illegal connections detected involved meter tampering, meter by-pass,
illegal self-reconnection and illegal direct connection.

He explained that the Revenue Protection
Unit of the ECG during their monitoring exercise, inspected 4,014 meters last
year during which they discovered 16 unauthorised service connections, two
illegal direct connections, 29 meters tampered with, 176 faulty meters and 111
meters on wrong tariff classes.

Meters that were identified to be on wrong
tariff classes were corrected and identified faulty meters replaced, he added.

He added that they were able to recover
1,196,681KWh units of electricity lost through illegal connections.

The total units recovered translated into GH¢1,203,878
of, which an amount of GH¢949,116 was retrieved from customers.

The Eastern Regional General Manager, Mr.
Michael Baah, said they had initiated series of revenue protection activities
aimed at dealing with illegalities in the system and reducing power losses
through theft.

“If we are able to reduce commercial
losses, we could achieve the system losses benchmark of 20 per cent by the end
of 2020,” he said.

He warned that it was a crime to steal
power, saying, “customers caught in such acts will face the law and if culpable

He encouraged the public to voluntarily
report any suspected illegal power connection to the nearest ECG office, adding
that, informants would be rewarded.