The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is broke, according to its Director of Communications, and has to be resuscitated as quickly as possible.
He claimed that the company’s financial morass has mostly led to its inability to answer public requests in a timely manner throughout the years.
According to Evans Mensah of JoyNews on PM Express, the company’s current challenges have impacted all aspects of its service provision to the public, even when the service is paid for.
He said, “We are struggling to match the demand for even service connection. People have paid and sometimes for a month and they have not been serviced, you can check. We have some meters available and we don’t have prepaid.
“And this is like, as you made mention, low hanging fruits for example when the person is ready to pay, so what is the problem? And we can’t even, I mean, people call you as if when you want service you’re supposed to know somebody, something that somebody is paying for.”
He explained that the corporation has been having difficulty acquiring prepaid meters in recent months since they are expensive and are not supposed to be supplied to the public at the commercial average, resulting in losses.
“But the meters are not there because they’re expensive, they’re subsidized so we’re not allowed to charge the commercial average of the meters we’re buying and so we have to get the money to buy and still we don’t make it. So these are challenges that we think that you need to meet us halfway,” he said.
He explained that the company’s inability to recoup cash spent on service providing has resulted in logistical and human issues.
He is optimistic that after submitting their petition to the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) for a 143 percent increase in energy tariffs, the company’s financial strength will be bolstered, allowing it to finally meet Ghanaians’ needs as it should be.