I have been contacted to stop the disconnection exercise - ECG manager

I have been contacted to stop the disconnection exercise - ECG manager

According to the Electricity Company Ghana (ECG)'s managing director, he has received calls urging him to halt the disconnection process they are implementing to recover unpaid debts.

As stated by Samuel Dubik Mahama, he received calls from friends, power brokers, and politicians. He said the request made was, "can you hold off?" The ECG boss disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday on JoyNews' PM Express.

This was after the massive disconnection operation that the power company carried out on Monday to collect a debt of GH5.7 billion.

ECG demanded payment from its clients, or they would be removed from the grid. As a result of the revenue mobilisation campaign, the company claims it runs the risk of going out of business if it cannot settle a $1 billion debt to some Independent Power Producers (IPP).

Consequently, Mr Mahama asserts that an end to the exercise could be disastrous for ECG. "How are the Independent Power Producers compensated? How will GRIDCo be paid? How shall VRA be paid? It is a shared obligation.

"Please, let's do the right thing because I don't even have the moral right to pick up the phone and call him to say "hello, can you cut A, B, and C space?" after sending someone out of the office. Let's do the right thing. "No, then what is the exercise's lesson?" He inquired.

Meanwhile, the ECG boss says the ECG's ongoing revenue mobilisation exercise is not politically motivated. Samuel Dubik Mahama says concerns that the activity aimed at one party's political base is unfounded and ought to be treated with the utmost contempt.

He emphasised that he would not politicise his position or mandate.

"I don't think I'm involved in politics; Now, I think of myself as a technocrat. Politicising this office's work is the biggest mistake we could ever make.

"So, I don't think your electricity bill has a party colour; it's red, gold, and green with a black star in the middle;" that is the cost of your electricity. He says, "so believe me, as I said, the status quo balances straight out."

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