Illegal connection ECG begins disconnection exercise

The company has vowed to visit every household and shop to carry out the operation.

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has launched a nationwide operation to halt illegal connections by customers.

The company says it will visit every household and shop to carry out the operation since the development is depriving ECG of the needed revenue

Managing Director of ECG, Robert Dwamena at a media launch of a special revenue protection exercise on Thursday said the company cannot deliver quality services without adequate financial resources.

“The negative effects of illegal connection include overloading of transformers and lines, low voltages, damage to network access, frequent power interruptions, poor electricity supply to customers, damage to customers’ electrical appliances and then the risk of fire outbreaks at customer premises; risks of electrocution and more especially, serious financial drain on ECG.

“Without adequate financial resources, ECG cannot invest in the needed capital projects to deliver quality service to the good of the people of Ghana,” he stated.

Mr Dwamena added: “Out of the 591 premises visited in Dodowa, 110 of them are connected illegally or the meters have been tampered with or the meters have been bypassed. It means that if you take the whole of ECG with a customer population of about 2.9 million; this is about 20%.”

The full scale of the nationwide exercise which will be supported by the military will begin on August 1.

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