By Cecil Mensah
The Mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, has questioned the operations of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) over the connection of electricity to new structures in the city, without permit from the Assembly.
According to the Mayor, officials of the company were summoned to a meeting and directed not to connect electricity to structures that have no permit from the Assembly.
This came to the fore when the Mayor together with some officials from the Assembly visited the Paa Willie Junction at Mataheko in the Ablekuma Central Constituency where an ultra-modern shopping mall has been put up without permit from the Assembly, but has been connected to the national grid.
He said, the Assembly has taken the pain to invite officials of ECG and appealed to them not to connect new structures to the national grid, without permit from the Assembly.
The working visit took the Mayor and his team to the Lateibiokoshie area where buildings put up by the developers without permit from the Assembly was closed down and the workmen arrested.
He said that some members of the ECG in collusion with developers in the metropolis flout the regulations of the Assembly.
He further directed officials of the Assembly to re-summon the ECG official for another meeting to put the new evidence before them in new development.
He was emphatic that the Assembly will not countenance the unscrupulous behavior from members of the company and would not hesitate to have them jailed for flouting the Assembly’s rules and regulations.
In an interview with The Herald , Mr Victor Mensah, the Director of Works at the AMA said, the owner of the building was asked to regularize his activities and start the process for acquisition of permit from the Assembly.
He said, the owner failed to do so and instead had been developing the building without the necessary documentations from the Assembly.