Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has served notice that it will cut the power supply to certain major institutions in the Ashanti Region, including the state broadcaster – Ghana Broadcasting Corporation – starting Wednesday 20 October 2021.
Another facility to be affected by the exercise is Kumasi International Airport.
The nationwide operation, dubbed “Collect or Correct,” is aimed at cleaning ECG’s debt data as well as recovering monies that customers owe the power service provider.
According to the Ashanti Regional managing director of ECG, David Asamoah, the exercise will help the firm recover about GHC1 billion in debt and help “serve Asanteman better”.
“At the moment people have even paid for services and things we are unable to provide because we also owe our creditors. So we need to be able to find money to pay them,” Asamoah said.
The Ashanti regional GBC office owes ECG almost GHC2 million and Kumasi Kejetia Market owes GHC2.1 million of the total debt.
Kumasi Kejetia Market was plunged into darkness last Wednesday (13 October 2021) over its five-month unpaid power service debt. However, power was restored after an intervention by the newly elected city mayor, Sam Pyne.
Asamoah say that about GHC2.1 million in debt will be cleared on Tuesday 19 October.
“The good news is that, after disconnecting them last week, we negotiated and they have issued a cheque for us for tomorrow [Tuesday]. So, for them, at least we have an assurance that there is going to be payment,” he said.
Asamoah has advised patrons of ECG to pay any monies they owe, so as to avoid disconnection.