<![CDATA[ The Electricity Company of Ghana has cut power supply to about 170 houses and institutions under the Suame District of the company in Kumasi. This forms part of a mass disconnection exercise the ECG is embarking on to retrieve all the debts owed by customers. TV3’s Benjamin Aidoo reports ECG officials as saying that only 40 percent of consumers in the region pay their bills regularly. The exercise took place in areas such as Bantama, Abrepo junction, Suame, Kropo, Breman, Bohyen and other places located in Suame district of ECG. Those engaged in illegal connections and houses using two phases were all disconnected. The exercise is expected to be carried out in other parts of the region to enable the company retrieve their cash from consumers. Others took advantage of the situation to pay their bills to avoid being disconnected. The public relations manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Ashanti region, Erasmus Kyere Baidoo, told TV3 that his outfit is intensifying its revenue collection. ‘’A lot of public institutions owe us and they are not making any efforts to pay for what they have consumed and that is putting a lot of stress and strain on the company’’, he complained. He served notice that ECG is taking stringent measures to ensure full payment of all outstanding debts ‘’and we are not sparing anybody in this region”. Several parts of the city have lately being witnessing erratic power supply, which in some instances lasted for days. He said they have some distribution and transmission challenges that are being addressed. He said all things being equal, the frequent power outages in most parts of the region will cease by the first week of March.