The Ho Airport in the Volta Region has been cut off by the Electricity company of Ghana (ECG) because it owes the power distribution firm GH 63,000.
Ho Technical University, KFC in Ho, the regional headquarters of the Ghana Revenue Authority, and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Training Academy in Kpetoe were all disconnected because they owed a total of GHC 605,000.
On the first day of the company’s national revenue mobilization exercise, the disconnections were made in the eleven operational ECG districts in the Volta and Oti Regions.
The company cut off service to KFC because it owed GHC 68,000, Ho Airport because it owed GHC 63,000, GRA Office because it owed GHC 55,000, CEPS training school because it owed GHC 80,000, and Ho Technical University because it owed GHC 402,000.
Ho Technical University, however, paid GH200,000 after pressing negotiations with the ECG, and was instructed to pay the arrears by the end of March, according to a press statement issued by Benjamin Obeng Antwi, the Volta Regional Public Relations Officer.
A week’s notice was provided for the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) to pay the remaining GH1.400,000 after making an upfront payment of GH1 million.
Within the one-month revenue mobilization exercise, which will see ECG visit debtors like the National Communications Authority and the Ho Teaching Hospital among other state agencies and private institutions, it expects to recover about GHS 292 million in the Volta and Oti Regions.
“We want customers to prioritize the payment of bills and this will enable us to collect more revenue to keep the power sector operating.
The company is appealing to all customers to make payment before the disconnection team visits their premises. Customers can make payments at any bank or through mobile money. Customers can also pay by dialling *226# or by downloading the ECG PowerApp”.