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Parliament House in Darkness as ECG Disconnects Power Over GHc23m Debt

This move is part of the ongoing “Operation Zero Balance” initiative that has seen the energy company deal with both private and public institutions in a similar manner.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on Thursday disconnected power at the Parliament House of Ghana due to an outstanding debt amounting to GHc23 million.

The National Taskforce of the ECG undertook this exercise after several unsuccessful attempts to collect the arrears. This move is part of the ongoing “Operation Zero Balance” initiative that has seen the energy company deal with both private and public institutions in a similar manner.

About a week ago, one of Ghana’s top Senior High Schools, Accra Academy, faced a similar blackout for not paying a GH¢400,000 power consumption debt.

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A report by Citi News suggests that the power outage lasted for close to three minutes before power was restored through a generator.

This event is indicative of the severity of the debt crisis affecting the functioning of several government institutions.

Meanwhile, Nana Amoasi IV, the Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Security (IES), has issued a warning regarding the ongoing power cuts in parts of Ghana. He emphasized that immediate and deliberate actions are necessary to address underlying challenges related to installed capacity and fuel supply, as these issues significantly impact the country’s power sector.

Other reports suggest that parts of the capital city, Accra, have been grappling with inconsistent power supply, causing disruptions in daily life. The ECG has yet to provide a clear explanation for the outages or furnish the public with a load-shedding timetable for better planning.

SourceCiti FM

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