ECG workers in fear as Kroboland plunged into darkness again

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Residents in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region cannot enjoy electricity.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) staff say until they receive assurances of their safety, they cannot work on faulty meters to enable them have access to electricity.

Meanwhile, the Manya Krobo Traditional Council in a statement has asked residents in the municipality to refrain from any form of molestation and harassment of ECG workers.

The caution is to assure ECG workers of their safety and get them back to work on faulty meters, which has plunged the community into darkness.

For some days now, residents have been without electricity. As at Thursday evening, July 28, 2022 residents were still without light.

Residents had resorted to generators and rechargeable lamps to do business.

The Council in a statement says information gathered indicates that some transformers had developed fault and accused persons it describes as saboteurs for the act.

“A group of clandestine saboteurs have gone to cause damage to a few transformers at Nuaso Town and Kpongunor. The internet fibres connecting ECG area office at Kpongunor were also cut by these saboteurs.”

The Council expressed regret ECG staff who went to work on the fibres at Kpongunor were nearly lynched and appealed to residents to refrain from such act, which was unlawful.

“On Friday, July 22, ECG workers were nearly attacked at Kpongunor. Currently the lives of the ECG workers are a concern to us because of the behaviour of these people. Hence, they have refrained from working on the faulty transformers without concrete guarantee from the communities. If this attitude continues, then whose fault is it if you are in the dark. We must value their lives too.”

The chiefs warn persons who peddle themselves as community leaders to desist from doing so.

Managing Director of the ECG Dubik Mahama, in a media engagement in Accra, says some GH¢168 million worth of power have been consumed by residents in Lower Manya Krobo and Yilo krobo municipalities for the eight-year period.

Installation of prepaid meters by ECG with assistance from the military have been met with resistance by residents.

By Yvonne Neequaye||Ghana

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