The Ashanti Regional office of the Controller and Accountant general's department has come to a standstill after they have been disconnected by the Electricity Company of Ghana for almost a year.
The office was disconnected after they failed to pay their bills following several calls by the ECG to do so. Computers and other machines required for use by the staff are not functioning, thus forcing the office to resort to Internet Cafés to print relevant documents.
Media sources describe that "offices at the premise are without power. The only room reportedly having electricity is the IT room which is connected to a different power source. Most of the staff are also seen either idling about or writing out information that is supposed to be worked on with a computer."
Attempts to garner the concerns of workers at the office proved futile, while the ECG has confirmed that the Controller and Accountant Generals department has a prepayment structure with the utility provider but have still not settled their debts, resulting in the powercut.
Huge debts owed the ECG have impacted heavily on the operations of the utility provider as it has been unable to settle debts owed the VRA.
Apart from the illegal connections and commercial operators whose debts have accumulated over the years, the ECG has also been faced with the challenge of retrieving debts owed by the state through accumulated debts of government ministries, departments, and agencies.
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