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28 June 2016

ECG disconnects power to newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium

ECG investigates CommThe Electricity Company Of Ghana (ECG), Central Region has disconnected electricity supply to several state agencies including the newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium for owing GH¢71,9792.56, Monday.

Officials of ECG are angry with the state agencies some of which are owing the company thousands of Ghana cedis.

Recently, the Company’s workers who are agitating against the sale of the Company threatened to disconnect state agencies which are owing in bills payment from June 27.

Earlier Monday, there were threats by the company’s workers to some institutions such as the military and police that they were going to be disconnected.

Mr Samuel Amartey who is the Secretary of the Senior Staff Association disclosed to the media that the management of the Cape Coast stadium has refused to pay light bills since they started the construction work at the stadium.

He further cautioned all those who owe ECG especially in Central Region to pay on time to avoid disconnection.

Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reports that the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education Winneba who were served notice of disconnection had portions of their institutions disconnected from the power grid.

According to Mr Amartey, other state institutions and private residences and business must brace themselves up for a massive disconnection if they fail to pay their bills.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Public Workers Union, Michael Nyantakyi, told Evans Mensah on Newsnite that it is not only a disconnection exercise but rather “a special revenue mobilisation exercise.”

“The target is not only the MMDA’s but organizations that are owing ECG significant amount are being looked at. The focus is that we need to collect as much as possible the amounts being owed there because the company is going through difficult times,” Mr Nyantakyi said.

He explained that those affected are mostly using postpaid metres and they have had their bills sent to them long ago and they know they are behind in their settlement of bills.

The Deputy General Secretary said there is no time frame for how long the exercise will last, adding that it will continue for a while to enable the Company to rake in as much as they can gather.

Although the exercise is the workers initiative, Mr Nyantakyi explained that management has been informed, adding that “Management and the workers work together so often some these exercises do take place at the instance of the identifiable groups who will inform the management about what they want to do and they will carry it out.”

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