By Cecil Mensah
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has identified illegal connections as a major setback to the smooth operations of the company.
According to the managers, illegal connections and connecting to more than one power line to alternate power when there is a problem, add more load to the stationed transformers.
The managers described illegal connection, as the drawing or tapping of power from electrical mains without approval.
Mr Tetteh Okine, the Director of Operations, expressed this worries when he addressed a press conference to announce some changes to the load shedding exercise in the run up to the festive season.
He said, illegal connection trigger in the overloading of transformers resulting in poor electricity supply, as well as possible damage to electrical appliances and risk of fire outbreak at the premise he said.
He explained that illegal connection was an offence and subject to arrest and prosecution, and urged customers to desist from the act.
He appealed to the public to cooperate with ECG to enable it deliver on its mandate of supplying power.
He reminded the public to take advantage of the cash reward for information on power theft to report customers engaged in these acts.
On the load shedding, he said the industry players, including the mining companies, have agreed to save twenty five (25) percent for the onward distribution to the residential areas to provide stable power during the yuletide.
He said, things would be stable if the industries break for the Christmas festivities.
He noted that once power cannot be stored, is about time everybody become discipline by adhering to the load shedding exercise that will last till December 31, 2014.
He added that essential institutions like hospitals, would be taken off the load shedding exercise.
He noted that load shedding exercise put heavy work on managers of the company.
‘’And if our customers start accosting us because they have not had power for a certain period of time, then there is a problem,’’ he posited.
He appealed to the general public to exercise some restraint as the industry players namely, the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) and the Independent Power Producers, are working around the clock to have the problem fixed for stable supply of power