ECG disconnects power to parliament over Ghc23m debt

Source The Ghana Report

The Parliament of Ghana was plunged into darkness after the Electricity Company of Ghana disconnected power supply over a Ghc23 million debt.

ECG’s National Taskforce cut the power supply to the parliament house and Job 600 on Thursday, February 29 after several attempts to recover the debt failed.

This is part of the company’s revenue mobilization drive dubbed “Operation Zero Balance” across the country.

The debt has been accruing since August 2022. due to a failure to redeem it.

In March 2023, the House was compelled to make part payment of its indebtedness to ECG to avert disconnection from the national grid. They paid GH¢8.5 million out of the GH¢13 million owed to the power distributor.

On February 21, 2024, officials of ECG went to the premises of the legislative house intending to disconnect the electricity supply but rescinded the decision after a discussion.

In another high-profile power cut, the ECG disconnected the Ministry of Energy from the national grid in March 2023 due to unpaid bills.

The whole facility was in darkness for almost half of a day and power was only restored after the mother ministry of the ECG paid their debt bill in full.

The company also disconnected the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the Accra Sports Stadium for failing to pay accumulated bills.

The Ghana Airport Company Limited, on its part, issued a GH¢10 million cheque to settle part of its GH¢39 million debt.

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