Business News of Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Source: myjoyonline

Gov’t departments resist prepaid meters

The implementation of a policy directive by the Vice President for the installation of prepaid electricity meters at all government installations is said to be facing fierce resistance.

According to the directive issued in April this year, all offices and installations whose electricity bills are settled by the government were to be fitted with the new meters in August.

The government buildings at the moment use credit meters which literally guarantees them unlimited power supply as the Electricity Company of Ghana is hardly ever able to cut them off when their bills accumulate.

The ECG’s Director in charge of Customer Service, Smart Yeboah explained to Joy Business they have so far managed to install just over 600 meters nationwide, with very little progress in the Greater Accra region where majority of government offices are situated.

He explained that much of the problem has been the fear of the government institutions that they may be left without electricity under the new arrangement.

The move is aimed at checking the wanton misuse of the utility in public institutions whilst the government takes steps to settle its huge indebtedness to the ECG.

Government is said to owe over 80 million Ghana cedis to the electricity providers.