THIEVES: 12,416 arrested for stealing GH¢178.44 Million worth of ECG Power
More than 12,416 persons have been arrested between 2019 and 2021 for stealing power belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana(ECG) amounting to Gh¢178.44 Million
The power distribution company in recent times has waged a relentless war against debtors including state institutions who owe them with monies running into several millions of cedis amidst a war against power theft.
This move comes in the wake of Energy Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh issuing a stern warning to Managers of the ECG over its continuous losses of revenue across their entire spectrum indicating that it would henceforth not be countenanced.
According to him, there is a need for a comprehensive review of the company’s operational architecture, a key step to ensuring its robustness.
But latest information released by the ECG revealed power stolen accounted for 157.16 Gigawatts hour of electricity representing Gh¢178.44 million (equivalent of US$23,018,760) being recovered by ECG
1,047 of the power thieves have been referred to the ECG’s legal department for the prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.
Besides the power theft, ECG said it has had to deal with the theft of copper from distribution transformers, utility poles, transformer oil from energised transformers, underground cables, overhead conductors, etc.
“These criminal acts have several adverse consequences including the obvious economic impact, service disruptions and possible danger to ECG personnel, the public and persons involved in the theft,” ECG said.