ECG on the verge of collapse,Power Minister


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The Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor
has served notice that the Electricity Company
of Ghana (ECG) is on the brink of collapse if
debts owed it are not recovered immediately.
He said it will be “most irresponsible” if “this
valuable asset that we call ECG” is allowed to
collapse.
Speaking at the inauguration of a committee
to oversee the collection of debts owed ECG,
the Power Minister said: “We are on the brink
of collapse if we do not have cash infusion
and yet we are owed hundreds of millions of
cedis. This, ladies and gentlemen, cannot and
must not be allowed to continue.”
Both state and private institutions are said to
owe ECG about GHC 500 million.
In 2014, the power distributor embarked on a
nationwide disconnection exercise by cutting
power to such institutions.
It included the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in
Kumasi, GBC Radio in Kumasi, Koforidua
Polytechnic, the Geological Survey
Department, Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI)
and some other organizations.
He stressed that his Ministry will take the
necessary measures to protect the power
distributor.
ECG staff at work
According to him, the management and board
of ECG are determined to have a “lean,
efficient, commercially sensitive and aware
organization that will ensure the survival of
the power industry.”
The sector Minister said the government will
solidly back efforts by ECG to recover all debts
owed it “not only current bills but
accumulated debts.”
Dr. Donkor also mentioned that “the anti-
social behaviour of some ECG workers who
collaborate with people to steal from ECG; the
various bypasses that ECG has the capacity to
detect and for which sections ECG has ignored
their responsibility to detect because they
stand to benefit,” will no longer be accepted.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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