More houses in Shama, a town on the mouth of the Pra River, which lies about 20 kilometres east of Sekondi-Takoradi, have been plunged into darkness as the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) moves to cut power supply to cheating electricity consumers – those who think they are smart, tampered with their electricity meters and have been enjoying free power supply.
They have made unauthorized alterations to electricity meters installed in their homes and these meters have been recording blank reading.
Their day of reckoning came, when the officials of the ECG undertook a massive meter integrity test and disconnection exercise in the town.
Mr. Noah Dake, the District Manager of the Company, said what the exercise uncovered was quite disturbing.
In more than 50 residential buildings, installed meters there had been tampered with – the system had been by passed, and the residents had been enjoying free electricity supply.
Some of them had also illegally reconnected electricity after power to their homes had been disconnected for huge unsettled electricity bills.
The ECG District Manage gave all the offending consumers a space of 48 hours to pay for the power they had consumed illegally. He warned of court action, if they should miss the deadline.
The monitoring and disconnection team set up by the ECG, he said, went into action to block the revenue leakages.
The ECG District Manager said it was completely unacceptable for people to use electricity and simply refuse to pay for the power consumed.
He also condemned the situation, where disconnected customers decide on their own to reconnect electricity to their homes.
He said they were not going to allow those illegal acts to continue. Everybody should be ready to pay for the electricity they consume.
This was how they could continue to enjoy uninterrupted power supply. Electricity, he added, was not for free and anybody enjoying it must pay.
He said the exercise was going to be sustained and would be extended to every part of the district to get people to do what was right.
The ECG District Manager warned the people against illegal electricity connection, saying, it was unlawful for any person to make a connection to the electric current source without the knowledge of the company. Those who did that were indulging in criminality and there would be consequences when caught.
He encouraged all consumers owing electricity bills to do well to settle their bills.
It was by doing that the company would be able to provide the quality and efficient service that every consumer rightly expected from the ECG.
He assured the people in the area, of uninterrupted power supply.
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