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Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Unearths 6,491 Illegal Connections in Tema Region

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Tema Regional Office has revealed that they discovered 6,491 illicit connections activities on their meters in the Tema region, between September 2022 to February 2023. The ECG’s Revenue Protection Unit discovered the unlawful connections during routine meter monitoring aimed at ensuring meter integrity.

Tema North, Tema South, Nungua, Afienya, Prampram, Ada, Krobo, Juapong, and Ashaiman are the districts that comprise the Tema ECG Region, and the greatest number of illicit connections identified was 1,555 in February 2023 alone. These illegal connections have led to the billing of a total of GHs 2,891,263.4, with GHs 2,149,148.25 of the billed amount recovered within a six-month period.

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Ms. Sakyiwaa Mensah, ECG Tema Regional Public Relations Officer, warned customers against any form of illicit connections, including meter bypass, meter tampering, and direct connection. She advised that customers should avoid fidgeting with any ECG installation, including meters, as ECG has the authority to prosecute customers who fail to pay for the power they use.

The routine monitoring of electricity meters is one of ECG’s primary responsibilities to ensure meter integrity and to uncover any illegal activities, such as meter tampering and bypassing, which cause financial losses to the company. Customers who engage in such activities are committing theft, and as such, they will be prosecuted.

The ECG’s efforts to recover the billed amount and prosecute offenders sends a strong message to the public that the company is determined to protect its revenue, which is vital for providing reliable and sustainable electricity to Ghanaians. For the most part, customers must avoid any form of illicit connection, as this would amount to theft, and they risk prosecution if caught. It is the responsibility of all Ghanaians to safeguard the nation’s resources and infrastructure.

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