The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has denied allegations that, it was having business dealings with one National Democratic Congress (NDC) woman in Adjei-Kojo, a suburb of Tema.
Information gathered by this paper, indicates that, the woman’s name which was given as Justin, has a link with some heads at the ECG, enabling her to sell the credit meters to those who need it in the Adjei Kojo Township.
Again, Justin, it is alleged, charges exorbitant fees from her victims when they are acquiring the meters, as well as the installation.
All attempts made by this paper to solicit views from Justin, proved futile.
Investigations has it that, majority of people living in Suncity, a suburb of Adjei-Kojo, for the past two years, have not paid their electricity bills, because ECG, has not billed them.
Their names are not part of the ECG’s processing system, because the meters were illegally acquired.
In an interview with some of the residents, they confirmed that, the people who previously occupied the rooms, used the light for two years without paying bills before vacating, making, “Some of us pay for what we have not budgeted for and consume”.
“When I occupy the room for more than a year now, ECG have not issued me with any bill, until recently when they brought a staggering amount saying, is an estimate bill meaning the actual bill is pending…., “ We have no option than to pay and until you pay, you cannot enjoy electricity” a resident lamented.
However, the Senior Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Tema ECG, Mrs. Theresa Osabutey, has refuted the allegations that the ECG has any business dealings with an NDC woman, adding that, “It has not come to our notice; thus what the woman is doing is illegal…ECG does its own installations”.
She explained that, what happens is, they give all their projects to contractors, even with that, they do not allow the contractors to sell the meters to prospective home owners.
“We give it to the contractors and indicates the actual houses that the meters are supposed to be installed, beside, we always advise the public not to deal with middlemen, while acquiring a meter”, she stressed.
Mrs. Theresa said, it is more expensive transacting business with middlemen and also “It rather ends up creating problems for oneself”.
She, however, urged its customers and the general public to contact ECG for proper services, because they have trained personnel in installing meters, which will not create problems for them in the future.