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ECG Accra West uncovers illegal connections and retrieves GH¢750,000

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The Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd (ECG) in the Accra West region has uncovered the illegal activities of 52 customers engaged in various forms of illegal connections. The company has also been able to retrieve GH¢750,000.00 worth of 550,000kWh of electricity illegally used by the customers.

The Revenue Protection Manager of ECG, Dr Mark Owusu Ansah, stated that through their illegal activities, the customers did not pay for the electricity they used, thereby denying the company much-needed revenue.

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Some of the illegalities identified included meter bypass, meter tampering, and direct connections. The customers were identified and arrested within the first ten days of the company’s ongoing exercise to retrieve all debts owed to it and monitor the health of its meter installations.

Dr Ansah explained that the customers illegally used about 550,000kWh of electricity, which translates to about GHc750,000 (plus taxes and administrative charges), according to the company’s records. He praised the vigilance of the field team in uncovering the illegalities. He added that the sophistication of the illegalities identified shows a resolve by some customers to deny the company of revenue from the electricity they use.

Dr Ansah also mentioned that power to the customers has been disconnected, they have been surcharged for the electricity they used without paying, and charged a penalty fee for engaging in the illegalities. He further stated that depending on the gravity of the offense, some cases will be handed over to the police for prosecution.

Mr Emmanuel Akinie, the ECG Accra West General Manager, said the company was investing heavily in technology to help identify customers who had engaged in illegalities. “We have introduced some smart meter solutions on a pilot basis, which give us real-time updates of what is happening on a customer’s premises. It signals our office once the meter-case is opened, bypassed, or tampered with,” he said.

Mr Akinie said plans were underway to roll out more of such smart meters to aid in the fight against illegalities. The Accra West region has eight operational districts, which are Ablekuma, Achimota, Amasaman, Bortianor, Dansoman, Kaneshie, Korlebu, and Nsawam.

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