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Every year, GH8.5 million is lost in Tamale owing to unauthorized electricity connections – NEDCo

Following attacks on its offices by certain people, workers from the Northern Electricity Distribution Company NEDCo and the Volta River Authority (VRA) in Tamale have largely restored services.

NEDCO’s employees completely withdrew their services due to safety concerns, leaving the majority of the metropolis without power for days. Following an attack on its offices by some residents last Saturday, they have withdrawn their services due to safety concerns.

According to William Asare, the incident has increased their dread of staff, implying that police officers are being chased out of neighborhoods, a scenario that has empowered locals to participate in criminal activity.

William Asare claims that they cannot risk their lives working in the area unless the energy ministry and regional police command intervene to secure the safety of the workers.

Chairman of the Senior Staff Association, William Asare, stated in an interview with Alfred Ocansey, host of the dawn morning program on 3fm 92.7 on Wednesday October 6, that out of every 10 households, eight have illegally connected power.

Forty five percent of power is lost to illegal connection every month, leading to the loss of some GHS8.5million every month, William Asare added.

“We go there to disconnect, and the next day they reconnect through illegal means again. The police are mostly with us but the youth chase them out and beat them up as well. There are opinion leaders in these communities who have decided not to talk. We are watching on while the nation loses GHS8.5m every month.

“Some of our staff have developed spinal problems due to these attacks by the residents” he revealed.

The residents threatened to kidnap staff of NEDCo if any of the people who have connected electricity illegally get arrested.

Asked if the Ghana police service has acted on the threats issued against the staff, William Asare revealed that nothing has been done so far.

“They even threatened to kidnap staff of NEDCO if any of them is arrested for illegal connection. It’s in a voice note that was circulated widely. The police is yet to make any arrest as far as we know,” he said.

NEDCO supplies electricity to Sunyani, Bolgatanga, Wa, Tamale and it’s environs.

Source: 3news

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