Northern Electricity Distribution Company Limited (NEDCo) has disconnected power supply to some institutions including Dr. Hila Limann Technical University (DHLTU), Wa Nursing Training College (NTC), and Wa High Court over their outstanding debts. The DHLTU owed GH₵2.2 million, Wa NTC owed GH₵26,000, while the Wa High Court owed GH₵15,000 to the company.
The disconnection is part of NEDCo’s revenue mobilization exercise to collect the GH₵1.2 billion outstanding debts owed to the company by its customers. The Wa Area Manager of the NEDCo, Mr. Francis Yormesor, explained that the disconnection was to compel the institutions to pay their debts. The affected institutions have been engaged, and a roadmap has been reached for payment before reconnection.
Other institutions like Wa Naa’s Palace, Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Nusrat Jahan College of Education, and the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) were also visited by NEDCo to collect their debts. These institutions have indicated their intention to pay their debts, and failure to do so will also result in disconnection.
NEDCo has so far collected GH₵1,293,737.28 of its debts within the first two days of the exercise in the Wa Operation Area. Mr. Yormesor noted that the company requires about GH₵120 million monthly to make power available to its customers, but they were only able to collect GH₵85 million monthly, with a deficit of about GH₵35 million.
The Wa Area Manager of the NEDCo further explained that government agencies and departments, including the Municipal and District Assemblies, owe a chunk of the debt – about GH₵82 million of the GH₵107 million. Therefore, all the Districts within the Wa Area are being pursued to collect revenue.
Mr. Yormesor stated that hospital administrations that owed the NEDCo would also be disconnected except for the hospital wards due to the critical services they provide. He appealed to customers to settle their debts with NEDCo to enable the company to provide quality service.