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General News of Thursday, 28 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

PDS restores power to Kokrobite residents after nearly 2 weeks

Power has been restored to Kokrobite, about two weeks after the area was cut off by Power Distribution Services (PDS).

PDS reportedly cut services to the community after an employee of PDS who had gone to fix a faulty line was inflicted with cutlass wounds by some residents.

Early this week the Traditional Council of Kokrobite pleaded on behalf of the residents for the situation to be resolved.

But the Public Relations Officer of Ministry of Energy, Nana Damoah told Citi News power was restored to the community last night.

“The light has been restored. Yesterday, it got to the attention of the ministry that there were still some challenges at Kokrobite so we had to intervene. The Minister ensured that the necessary processes were facilitated. So by 5 pm last night, the light had been restored. “

He also indicated that the Ministry will move in to work on the way forward between the power distribution company and the residents.

“The main concern of PDS is the security of their staff as they go to work in the area. But these matters will be addressed today in a meeting that is bound to happen between the chiefs and people of Kokrobite and PDS under the auspices of the Honorable Minster John Peter Amewu. “

Meanwhile, some of the residents of Kokrobite have expressed their excitement about the restoration of power in the area.

‘Restore our power, we’ll be of good behaviour’ – Kokrobite residents beg PDS

The Krokrobite traditional council in the Ga South Municipality is pleading with the Power Distribution Service, PDS, to restore power in the Kokrobite township.

The community has not had power for nearly two weeks, after an employee of PDS who had gone to fix their power problem, was inflicted with cutlass wounds by a resident.

Residents suspect that they are being punished by PDS over the attack on the employee.

According to the Traditional Council, they are putting measures in place to help the police apprehend the culprit of the attack.

The Chief of Kokrobite, Nii Ayinsah Sasraku III, noted that the Council has written officially to PDS to plead and assure it of the safety of its staff in the area.

Attack

39-year, Gershon Asiedu, a staff of PDS was inflicted with cutlass wounds while working with his colleagues to restore power supply to some customers in the area.

He was then sent to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to undergone surgery and received additional treatment there.

A formal complaint was subsequently made to the Kokrobite Police Station.

The Police are still working with the PDS Ghana Limited and the local authorities to identify and arrest a middle-aged man who reportedly committed the crime.

Don’t attack our field workers – PDS appeals to Ghanaians

Earlier, PDS urged the public to desist from attacking its workers when they are on official duties.

The Public Relations Officer for the Accra West region of the PDS, Fred Baimbill-Johnson in a Citi News interview urged the public to collaborate with staff of the power company.

“To us, what we are calling for is more collaboration. We’re asking the public to realize that we will want them to have more power. Such instances make it difficult for our team to go into such communities to work”, he added.