The Volta/Oti Regional Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Lumor, said the company was aware of the illegal acts of some assemblymen and would not hesitate to prosecute them when caught.
Interacting with assembly members of the 57 electoral areas of the Ketu South Municipality, Mr. Lumor said: “We have been informed that some assembly members are smuggling meters from Togo and installing them illegally at exorbitant fees to the detriment of customers.
“This action is unacceptable as the meters are substandard and likely to cause fire outbreaks very soon. As assembly members, you do not have the mandate to sell or install meters so kindly desist from this act because the company will not hesitate to prosecute culprits.”
The interaction with the assembly members was part of an ongoing deliberate effort to build mutually beneficial relationships with strategic stakeholders and sensitise them to the operations of the company.
Mr. Lumor indicated that the company considered assembly members as strategic stakeholders who were crucial to the operations of the company, hence the need to hold frequent engagements to dialogue on salient issues and gather feedback to improve service delivery.
“Assembly members are representatives of their electorate and are closer to the customers than the company, so we will work together to ensure our customers enjoy safe, quality and reliable electricity services to support the economic growth and development of Ghana,” he said.
According to Mr. Lumor, hitherto the company was losing thousands of poles to perennial bush fire which had led to power outages and financial loss to the company, but with the help of some assembly members, the company lost 14 poles this year but was intended to reduce the number to the barest minimum same time next year.
He appealed to the assembly members to assist the company to achieve zero burnt poles, adding that it was the duty of the assembly members to ensure their communities were well lit with streetlights.
“As an assembly member, when you get a streetlight for your electoral area, engage ECG to properly advise you on how to install it. ECG will show you the right phase to connect the streetlight be it the blue, red or yellow phase, to ensure one phase or the transformer is not overloaded or the community does not experience low voltage as a result of mass installation of the streetlight,” he said.
He further advised the assembly members to notify the company when they identified an area within their electoral area which was developing at a faster pace or likely to develop soon, to enable the company to include such extension projects in its budget.
Mr. Lumor added that such proactive actions would enable the company to carry out development projects to meet the growing demand of electricity and ensure customers enjoyed reliable power supply.
The MCE for the Ketu South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Elliot Edem Agbenorwu, thanked the management of ECG Volta for sensitising the assembly members of the municipality and urged the ECG to continue to build mutual beneficial relationships with the municipality to improve service delivery.
Mr. Agbenorwu charged the assembly members to sensitise their electorate to the operations of ECG to enable the company to operate in a harmonious environment.