Through their illegal activities, the customers do not pay for the electricity they used, thereby denying the Company of much-needed revenue.
Examples of illegalities identified included meter bypass, meter tampering and direct connections.
The identification and arrest of the customers was made following the Company’s month-long exercise to retrieve all debts owed it, and to monitor the health of its meter installations in customer facilities.
Per ECG’s records, the customers illegally used power translating to about GH¢350,000.
It has described as alarming the rate of power theft in the Ashanti Region.
According to the power-distributing company, most companies and households in the Region are on the national grid but pay nothing for use.
Meanwhile, 20 customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana have been arrested for reconnecting themselves.
They are among those who were disconnected by the Company during the Revenue mobilization drive in the Ashanti Region.
The 20 customers owe the company over GH¢86,000.
The Head of Revenue Protection Unit of the ECG in Ashanti Region, Ing Kofi Danso, said the Company after deploying a task force to visit their meters have discovered most of their customers connected back power illegally.
He cautioned the public to desist from engaging any form of illegal connection to avoid being prosecuted.
“During the disconnection exercise, we noticed that some customers normally reconnect themselves after we disconnect from the meter, so such customers were disconnected from the pole and were asked to visit the District office to settle their indebtedness.”
Ing Kofi Danso reiterated that ECG as a company does not take delight in disconnecting customers as the company buys and sells power, hence the more a customer consumes power, the more the company makes money.
“So, we don’t take delight in disconnecting customers since we don’t get revenue from unserved power.”
However, these customers were disconnected after several engagements because their debt profile was high.
The General Manager Network of the ECG in the Ashanti Region, Ing Fred Kwabena Bediako, reiterated their commitment to reduce losses in the Region.
He called on customers of the Company to cooperate with them to reduce losses.
According to him, illegal connection is killing their business and something needs to be done about it.
“The ECG is appealing to customers to make the payment of electricity bills as one of their topmost priorities to enable the Company keep the electricity supply chain operational since the revenue ECG gathers from customers keeps our lights on”, he stated.
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