The acting General Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for the krobo District, Mr Christopher Apawu has revealed that more than 48 faulty meters have been replaced by their team in an ongoing exercise in the Lower Manya Municipality.
According the acting District Manager, the faulty meters were identified and replaced by their team in an ongoing exercise taking place in the municipality as part of efforts to solving the issue with over billing in the area.
In May 2019, there was a brouhaha between the Citizens of Manya Krobo, ECG and the Police following over billing of customers in the area.
A demonstration in protest of the over-billing by the ECG led to deaths, injuries, and destruction of properties.
Mr Apawu told Angelfmonlinegh.com in an interview that the peaceful means of resolving the conflict is yielding positive results as over 48 meters are currently being replaced as part of the exercise.
“The exercise that took effect on November 28, at the Manya areas and its environs has led to the replacement of about 48 meters which we identified. The faulty meters are the main cause of the over-billing because a lot are unauthorized from other neighbouring countries,” he said.
He said ECG is working to replace them with authentic and approved ones from ECG which they will thereafter distribute to well deserving customers.
“We have retrieved the bills for the 56,000 customers of ours to enable them pay the 3-4 years unpaid bills so that it can also enhance the belief in ECG as well as its bills. When we started the operations at Atua community, a customer’s bill was GH¢ 13,000 but we were able to beat it down GH¢ 900 and the customer was bale to pay fully with a smile.
The acting district manager further said that ‘we are much equipped and satisfied with the responses and we thank DCEs, Assemblymen, chiefs and other prominent persons who are helping us work well.’
He however advised the people in the municipality to desist from purchasing meters illegally and instead walk directly into ECG offices to seek for authorized meters.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey