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UESD cut off from national grid over GH¢900k debt

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The University of Environment and Sustainable Development in Somanya has been disconnected from the national grid due to its failure to pay a debt of GH¢900,000 owed to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for power consumed since it started operations three years ago.

This disconnection forms part of ECG’s nationwide revenue mobilization drive to recoup unpaid debts. The university has since made a payment of GH¢50,000 to the power distribution company, but this was considered insignificant, and the institution remains disconnected from the national grid.

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The University currently operates two out of five schools: the School of Sustainable Development (SSD) and the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES), which are both accredited by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTECH).

Reports suggest that the University has approached the Ministry of Education for intervention as it is yet to receive the commencement seed capital promised by the government.

The University is currently on Easter break, and its management is optimistic that the Ministry of Education will come to its aid before resumption on Tuesday, 11th April.

The spokesperson for the Electricity Company of Ghana in the Tema Region has stated that until a significant portion of the debt is paid, power will not be restored to the University.

“Power supply to the University has been curtailed since the early part of this week because they owe ECG GH¢900,000 of which GH¢50,000 has been paid, but we consider it not enough, and so we are hoping that they clear their debt so that power supply can be restored.”

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