The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Power Distribution Service (PDS), formerly known as Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Mr William Boateng has expressed hope in PDS to change the face of power distribution in the country.
The expression of hope comes days after parts of the nation’s capital, Accra such as Lapaz, Abeka, Sowutuom, Kwashieman, Odorkor and Awoshie, as well as parts of the Northern region experienced major blackouts without prior notice by the PDS.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, Mr Boateng stated that he was hopeful the PDS would deliver on its mandate.
“If we get PDS right, we will be able to deal with all the major problems in our power sector. PDS is ready to invest over US$580 million in Ghana’s power sector within the next five years and also bring logistics that will improve the work ECG was formally doing; very soon when your lights go off, you don’t have to call us before we check because we will have a tracking device that will notify us when lights are off,” he stated.
Mr Boateng said the takeover of ECG by PDS was necessitated by huge debts owed by government institutions which ECG had difficulty in retrieving.
“Right now everybody in Ghana will be responsible for the payment of bills due to the private (PDS) takeover. They will enforce the collection of all long time government institutional debts and help reduce the huge amount drastically and because it is a private company, if anybody fails to pay bills, their power will be cut off,” he added.
The new management (PDS) is expected to improve access to electricity while cutting down on waste in the system to block all leakages that drained the financials of ECG.
The Minister of Energy, Mr. John Peter Amewu earlier in 2019 admitted that the defunct ECG’s debt to energy providers was as a result of the government’s inability to pay bills of state agencies and institutions.
Highlighting the major challenge faced, the Energy Minister said the Akufo-Addo-led government inherited a heavily indebted ECG with tariff well above 20 cents per kilowatt, therefore making it difficult for government to pay the utility bills of state institutions such as ministries, departments, state universities and public schools across the country.
According to him, the government’s indebtedness to distribution companies such as the Volta River Authority and Bui Power Authority was over US$500m which resulted in its gradual collapse and ineffectiveness in power supply.
Source: Adomonline.com/Getrude Otchere