The Ghana Electricity Company (ECG) has closed its district office in Somanya in Yilo Krobo in the Eastern region for security reasons.
The closure of the Somanya office took effect on December 1, 2021.
ECG subsequently commissioned a new district office in Juapong, which politically falls under the Volta region.
The new office will serve seven political districts, namely Yilo Krobo, Lower Manya Krobo, Asuogyaman, Ho West, North Tongu, Shai Osudoku and Okere.
Speaking to media in Tema on Monday, ECG Managing Director Mr. Kwame Agyemang explained that the decision to move to Juapong is due to the volatile environment created as a result of continued unrest by some Krobo residents against ECG, including the recent threat from the United States. Krobo Foundation against the company to leave Kroboland.
He said ECG agents would only operate on the Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo faults only under police protection.
“To protect the lives of our staff that we dare not compromise on, we will now operate the district from the Juapong office and in the future any fault intervention or call to correct any anomalies in the system within Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo communities will depend on the availability of a police escort â.
The Managing Director of ECG, the company, has been very tolerant and patient with clients in the Krobo District, and in particular the United Krobo Foundation and clients in the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo communities over the years despite their attacks.
âThe challenges we encountered between 2015 and 2016 affected all operational areas of ECG when moving customer data from the old CBIS to the new CMS software.
âWe took our time for years until 2017 to organize support clinics and had every affected customer in Krobo District go through the ECG billing system, reconciled and validated their bills. After the successful exercise, when some decided to pay their unpaid bills, this group of young people (United Krobo Foundation and others) decided to prevent customers from paying, giving all kinds of questionable reasons as already stated.
Mr. Agyemang further explained that âThis year, to definitively resolve the impasse, we have decided to confine all their debts until 2017 so that they can pay from 2018 until today according to their negotiated terms. . After many painstaking stakeholder engagements, while we believed that the agreed roadmap had been accepted by all parties to end the misunderstanding, youth groups protested and threatened the life and property of ECG, in to the extent that ECG, and indeed our staff, cannot peacefully conduct their legitimate business. It will be remembered that these same groups of young people attacked our district office, our staff, a police station near our office including the burning of a police van â.
Despite this latest move, ECG has reaffirmed its commitment to serving the affected area of ââKrobo well and will consider returning once satisfied.
âIndeed, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to support the position of the Tema region to protect the precious lives of our employees. As a customer-oriented organization, we will never renounce our mandate to provide safe, quality and reliable power supply to all customers in our operational areas, thus contributing to the socio-economic development of our country.
Some Krobos in the municipalities of Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo in the eastern region request direct power supply from the Volta River Authority (VRA) instead of the Electricity Company of Ghana.
According to them, the construction of the Akosombo and Akuse dams displaced their ancestors and deprived them of their livelihoods but was not compensated. It is therefore insensitive that VRA does not serve them power as it does in other communities in Asuogyaman District.
As a result, the United Krobo Foundation, a group that has championed this agenda over the years, staged a massive protest on Monday, November 22, 2021, against plans by Ghana’s power company, ECG, to introduce prepaid meters at Somanya, Odumase and its surroundings.
The group said residents of the Krobo region can no longer depend on the Ghana Electricity Company (ECG) for electricity supply.
Manya Krobo’s traditional council, however, condemned the group’s actions.