NEDCo disconnect power to Weddi Africa Tomato Factory in Berekum

NEDCo also disconnected power to a female Berekum College of Education dormitory for owing NEDCo about GHC100,000 and Happy Hospital, all in Berekum

The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) has disconnected power to Weddi Africa Tomato Processing Factory, a company operating under the One District, One Factory initiative, at Domfete in the Berekum West District of the Bono Region over failure to settle their indebtedness of about GHC304,900 to the company.

NEDCo also disconnected power to a female Berekum College of Education dormitory for owing NEDCo about GHC100,000 and Happy Hospital, all in Berekum.

Later in the day, NEDCo restored power to the female dormitory of the Berekum College of Education and Happy Hospital after they paid their outstanding electricity bills.

This forms part of the fourth phase of NEDCo’s mass revenue mobilisation exercise. In an interview, the Sunyani area manager of NEDCo, Eng. Eugene Odoi-Addo said they target to mobilize about GHC45 million out of consumers’ GHC167 million debt in the Bono and Ahafo Regions.

“This time (phase four), we want to hit GHC45 million; we want to go more than 50% of our usual collection during this exercise; that’s our target.”

“The debt owed by institutions and private individuals to NEDCo is around GHC167 million. Our aim is not to disconnect; that’s why we call it revenue civilization; we aim to collect the money (debt owed) so once we come and you’ve paid, you are safe, and our job becomes easier,” Odoi said.

He said losses had become a problem for NEDCo due to the number of illegal connections in the region and urged customers to desist from the act.

“These days, in the region here, losses have become a problem for NEDCo; we will urge our customers to desist from doing illegal connections and help us apprehend the culprits who undertake this illegal connection, said Odoi”.

At the Berekum Fire Service, there was an argument between the Fire Officers and officials of NEDCo as the fire officers requested a grace period to settle their debt.

Day three of the fourth phase of the mass revenue mobilisation exercise saw NEDCO officials start the exercise with the first stop at the Presbyterian Nursing Training School in Dormaa. The school owed about GHC12,000 and cleared their debt.

The team went to Presbyterian Hospital, which owes GHC2.8 million and paid GHC20,000. Prominent on the list of several poultry farms. St Charles Farms settled GHC30,000 out of the GHC88,000 debt, while Kusi Farms paid GHC20,000 out of the GHC40,000 debt.

At Adama Musah Dry Miil, the Management paid its debt of GHC19,000, whilst Gyamfi Poultry also settled the debt of GHC85,000 it owed. They also stopped at Kumikrom, where power was disconnected to a residential home for owing the NEDCo two thousand cedis.

In an interview, the Dormaa area head of NEDCo, John Anim Peprah, expressed satisfaction with the exercise as they could mobilize GHC91,000 on their first day out, with a further GHC92,000 collected on the second day.

He urged its customers to avoid illegal connections and pay their bills promptly.

John Anim Peprah also advised its customers not to involve middlemen or electricians in acquiring meters from the NEDCo but rather go through the approved channels by dealing directly with NEDCo. In a related development,

Phase four of the Mass Revenue Mobilization Exercise will run for three weeks.

Reporting by Daniel Donkor in the Bono Region

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