Ghana: ECG, Parliament in a tussle over GH¢1 million electricity bill


Parliament is facing an imminent power cut for owing the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) over GH¢1 million in electricity bills over the past two years.

According to ECG, the amount covers consumption by state-owned institutions including the Presidential Office Annex, the Council of State office and the Banquet Hall.

Officials of ECG are reported to have attempted to cut power to the House last week in an operation to terminate supply to defaulting state institutions.

But Parliament has rejected the bill ECG has quoted as its debt.

Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Parliament, Kate Addo, says ECG must rather present a bill which captures consumption by Parliament House alone.

She explained that after ECG presented the bill, Parliament prompted the officials from the power distributor that electricity bills for other facilities have also been included.

“The officials that came at the time said they were going to rectify it. They went back only for another group of [ECG] officials to come back [with the same bill]”, she said.

The power distribution company says it is embarking on a massive disconnection exercise to recover its debts.

Last week, the Electricity Company of Ghana cut power supply to the Kumasi Polytechnic over a 652,000 debt.


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