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Power Distribution Services Ghana Limited (PDS) has been handed some services by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to handle until the Energy Commission takes a final decision on the suspended concession agreement.
ECG agreed on “interim operational modalities” with PDS to ensure that “there is no disruption of power supply and service delivery to our cherished customers”.
In a press release jointly signed by Managing Director of ECG Samuel Boakye-Appiah and Chief Executive Officer of PDS Reverend William Hutton-Mensah, the two firms indicated that the interim agreement will be in force from Thursday, August 8 “until the reversal or otherwise by the Energy Commission”.
“ECG and PDS assure the general public that we will continue to provide quality electricity services to our cherished customers.”
PDS is, as a result of the interim measure, expected to provide services related to electricity retail sale including but not limited to meter reading, billing, distribution of bills, bill reconciliation, revenue collection, new service connections and disconnections and reconnections.
Others are faulty meter replacement, network faults and repairs as well as complaints and fault reporting to call centres.
All payments and other activities shall also continue to take place at regional and district offices, customer service centres, vending stations and cash points belonging to PDS.
All cheques shall also be issued in the name of PDS at all banks.
On Tuesday, July 30, government announced the suspension of the concession agreement with PDS over the management of the assets of the state’s major electricity distribution firm, ECG.
They cited anomalies with the demand guarantees given by PDS and assured that further investigations will be conducted.
Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah assured that the investigations will be done with within 30 days.
PDS took over management of the assets of ECG on Friday, March 1 and were expected to do that for two decades as per the Millennium Challenge Compact agreement.