The Accra West Region of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has uncovered the illegal connection of power at three entertainment joints at Korle Wokon in Accra.
The centres are Club House, Tee’s Tavern Pub and Grill and the Jubilee Pool House.
Officials of the ECG said the three joints had by-passed their meters to tap power directly from ECG lines.
The illegal acts were discovered by ECG officials during a random check about midnight last Wednesday, July 1.
The acting Manager of Technical Investigations of the Revenue Protection Division of the ECG, Mr Ishmael Tetteh Oku, who led the operation, with support from the police, told the Daily Graphic that such illegal acts were uncovered based on tip-offs and surprise visits to homes and other establishments.
He said it was through one of such visits that the ECG was able to uncover the illegal acts at Korle Wokon.
Based on an assessment done by the company, he said, the three joints had been surcharged to pay Gh¢44,099.85 for 34,590 kilowatts hour (KWh) of power.
Jubilee was surcharged Gh¢6,979.39; Tee’s Tavern, Gh¢15,586, and Club House, Gh¢21,534.35,
“We based the assessment over a period of six months. It was also based on the history of their payment of bills,” he said.
Notwithstanding the payment of the money with which they had been surcharged, he said, the operators of the facilities would be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
He hinted that the ECG was closing in all those involved in illegal connections and that very soon they would be exposed, after which they would be sent to court.
“If we all want to do away with this dumsor, we must all help the government by paying our bills promptly,” he added, warning that “once you are caught, you will be dealt with”.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra West Region of the ECG, Mr Eric Asante, said the company would sustain efforts at clamping down on illegal connections.
That, he said, was because the practice was causing the company so much.
“The new objective of the ECG is to nip in the bud all forms of illegal connections. This is to enable us to get more money to undertake more projects,” he said.
According to him, the Managing Director of the ECG had asked the various regions to work hard at dealing with illegal connections, adding that the company would be able to improve service delivery if it was able to reduce losses.
BREAKING NEWS: BoG takes over Unibank
The Bank of Ghana has announced it has taken over the management of private bank, Unibank.
The Governor of the central bank explained at a press conference, the takeover is due to challenges facing the bank. He mentioned weak supervisory standards and weak operations as the cause of the challenges.
Ernest Addison said the bank, adjudged the 6thbest performing company in Ghana at the Ghana Club 100 awards in 2017, provided inaccurate data during the central bank’s effort to resolve the problems last year.
He assured depositors their money is safe, stressing “we are not liquidating the bank, we are saving it.”
The take-over comes weeks after Unibank announced it was taking over adb.
The top management of Unibank are Dr. Kwabena Duffuor II who is Chief Executive Officer, Ekow Nyarko Dadzie-Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Owusu-Ansah Awere, Executive Clifford Duke Mettle, Director of Risk Management Kwesi Nkrumah Pimpah.
Photo: CEO Kwabena Duffour II was awarded the most enterprising young executive award in 2017.
The bank’s company secretary is Sylvia Assimeng-Archer, Executive Head of Treasury and Global Trade John Collins Arthur, Executive Head of Corporate Banking Elsie Dansoa Kyereh and Executive Head of Innovations and Business Execution Florence Ohene.
This executive management are expected to give way to new control, KPMG appointed by the central bank.
The bank was founded in 1997 by Kwabena Duffour who later became Finance minister under the Mills administration.
But after 20 years of private management, Kwabena Duffour who is a former Governor of the Bank of Ghana loses control of unibank to his former employers.
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