“The availability of electricity is a privilege, not a right.” – ECG Boss

Samuel Mahama, the managing director of Electricity Company Ghana, has defended the decision to cut off power to the municipalities of Yilo and Manya Krobo.

Mr. Mahama said the disconnect was in place during an interview on Nana Akosua Konadu’s Hard Truth program on Tuesday.

“The funny thing is we walk around thinking that it is our right to electricity; it is not a right , it is a privilege,” he said.

Mr. Mahama explained that, “if I can chase people in Fadama to pay their bill by giving them prepaid, I should be able to do the same thing in Manya Krobo. If I can ask the people in Dansoman to pay bills through prepaid I should be able to do that in Yilo Krobo.”

From Somanya to Kpong, communities in the towns of Yilo Krobo and Manya Krobo are not connected to the national grid.

Since Wednesday, July 27, the areas have been completely without electricity as a result of Electricity Company Ghana (ECG) turning off feeders delivering power to settlements in the two municipalities due to unlawful connections.

ECG claims that certain obstinate residents who were disconnected for refusing to adopt prepaid meters had tampered with their transformers and reconnected power to their homes.

Families in the communities of Yilo and Manya Krobo claim that as a result of the power outage, mortuary operators are requesting them to come pick up their loved ones’ remains.

The bodies are thought to be rotting because of the widespread power outage in the neighborhood.

One of the local youth activists, Edmund Aboagye, stated in an interview with JoyNews on Monday that five families have been called repeatedly by mortuary staff members to come pick up their loved ones’ bodies since they are decaying there.

He claims that the workers at the morgue claim they are unable to pay for the fuel needed to keep the facility running.

“I have had about four or five persons who have their family relations of dead bodies at the mortuary call to inform me that the hospitals have called them to come and pick their dead bodies because they have started going bad at the mortuary,” he said.

Commenting on the development, the Yilo Krobo Municipal Health Director, Irina Offei, stated that she cannot confirm that families have been asked to come for their corpses yet. She added however that she is certain “if the power is not restored by Wednesday, probably, they will be asking families to do that.”

Madam Offei stated that because it is more expensive for the hospitals to maintain the generators running, they are now required to limit power.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication do not in anyway reflect the opinions of State News Ghana

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