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Business News of Monday, 22 May 2017


ECG using outdated methods to recover debts - NDC MP

The mode of retrieving debts from customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) continues to be mindboggling despite powers at hand to prosecute defaulting customers, a lawmaker has observed.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi, Hon. Rockson Nelson Defeamekpor has attacked the system used by ECG to retrieve debts from default customers.

“The systemic failure in ECG is mindboggling because ECG has been empowered by law to prosecute defaulting customers for nonpayment of bills”

“SSNIT has also been empowered by the Attorney General to conduct their own prosecution but they all have not taken advantage of it” the MP revealed.

This comes under emergence that the American Embassy in Ghana says it owes the power distributor ECG for two years but has not received billing from the Company in order to settle its indebtedness.

Hon. Rockson Nelson during panel discussion on Joy Fm’s news analysis programme Newsfile last Saturday took a swipe at ECG staff for their lukewarm attitude towards generating revenue payable to entities indebted to them.

“When you come to my constituency the conduct of some ECG personnel is microcosm of the problem”

“In February, there was a bush fire in a community and as a result, it burnt down one of the EGG’s high tension poles. A staff from ECG alleges somebody from Kayera was involved in setting the bush fire. Even though they came to replace the poles but they disrupted power to about three thousand people in Kayara . For over two weeks, ECG lost revenue from that community because they had not supplied power to them. I had to petition the PURC before they restored power there” Hon. Nelson Rockson stated on Joy FM Newsfile.