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General News of Wednesday, 24 August 2016


ECG staff threaten nationwide blackout over concession moves

Workers of the Electricity of Company are threatening a nationwide blackout on Friday as part of their protest against moves by government to privatise the company.

The workers who have begun a daily 3-hour boycott at the various ECG offices across the country are resolute not to allow government give out the company on a 25-year concession arrangement.

Speaking to Starr News' Lambert Atsivor on day one of their protest, the Volta regional chairman of the ECG Senior Staff Association, Stephen Norvixoxo, said the workers have resolved to plunge the entire country into a blackout on Friday, should the government go ahead to launch the intended concession policy on Thursday.

According him, the planned outage is to get the general public support their cause since the move by government will be detrimental to the country.

“We understand the government will be launching the private sector participation tomorrow and if they go ahead, then Friday we will put off the entire country to prove to the government that we are capable.

“We want the general public to be aware of what is going on. For all this while, we have been expecting the public to speak on the issue. Because if the government goes ahead to involve private participation in ECG, we will be paying very high bills,” Mr. Norvixoxo explained.