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ECG to set up task force to fight illegal connection - MD

By Mutala Yakubu
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The Managing Director (MD) of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Kwame Agyeman-Budu has however disclosed his outfit is set to constitute a task force to clamp down on persons engaging in illegal connection.

Illegal electricity connections have been one of the biggest challenges of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as unscrupulous persons have persistently been stealing power from the power distributor.

This illegality has time and time again cost the company and the country huge losses.

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Mr Agyeman-Budu noted that the ECG have far advanced plans to set-up a task force to fight this canker.

“We have plans to attack the canker of illegal connections. The plan is to set up a combined team of civilians and security officials to visit areas where there are illegal connections. Persons found guilty will be punished according to the law”.

On his account, the ECG will push for stricter laws to be put in place to punish persons who steal power to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We will engage the Energy Commission to review the LI 18 16 and make it stricter. The strict LI will ensure that anyone stealing power is severely punished. In Ivory Coast, stealing a CFA lands you a five-year jail term and if we have stringent laws, people will do the right thing because they fear the punishment to be suffered for stealing power”, he indicated.

The ECG for some time has been engaging in some maintenance works which has seen power supply to many parts cut off.