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Threats force ECG to close its Krobo office… Office Moves To Juapong

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced that its office in Somanya, Manya Korbo District, Eastern Region, has closed.

According to ECG, the office was closed due to threats made against the company’s employees’ lives by a Krobo youth organization.

The corporation has decided to move all of its operations to Juapong in the future.

Last Monday, a group calling itself the “United Krobo Foundation” staged a protest against the ECG and the Volta River Authority (VRA), demanding that the Krobos stop paying their electrical bills.

The Manya Krobo Traditional Council intervened, condemning the Krobo youth’s rally and demanding for the Ghana Electricity Company to cease activities in the area.

Nobody had the right to declare any ban on a legally constituted public establishment in Ghana from operating in Krobo land, according to a statement signed by Nene Sakite I, Konor of Manya Krobo and President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.

It said the group’s activities were a threat to national security, and that the Manya Krobo Traditional Council had engaged them and advised the leaders to stop their nefarious activities against the state for the past four years, but they continued to operate clandestinely and incite the public.

“A few innocent persons were killed by the police in 2019 in Somanya and Odumase as a result of one of these demonstrations, but they could not relent,” the statement said.

As a result, the Council requested that the National Security apparatus investigate the circumstances that led to the group’s operations, as well as its leadership.

The Council dismissed claims made by the youth group’s leadership that the chiefs of Manya and Yilo Krobo had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ghanaian government allowing Krobos to begin receiving free power 50 years after the Akosombo Dam was built.

On Monday, December 6, 2021, Ing. Emmanuel Akinie, ECG’s Tema Regional Manager, told a press conference in Tema, which has oversight responsibility for the Krobo areas, that on Monday, November 22, 2021, the united Krobo Foundation organized a mass demonstration against the Electricity Company of Ghana’s operations in the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo Municipalities.

Preliminary investigations found that several written and verbal threats were made against the Krobo district staff, as well as the ECG as a whole, before, during, and after the demonstration.

“Given the overt and covert threats to ECG staff’s lives, and in light of ECG’s extensive engagements with the Religious, Traditional, Political, and Youth Leadership over the last five years, it has become impossible for ECG to freely carry out its electricity distribution mandate in parts of the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo Municipal areas,” the statement reads.

“As a result, ECG closed its Krobo District office in Somanya on December 1, 2021.”

As a result, he stated, ECG has opened and inaugurated a new District office in Juapong, which is located within the former Krobo District, on Monday, December 6, 2021.

“It is important to understand that ECG regions and districts are not the same as political districts and regions. Parts of seven political districts were served by the former Krobo district.

“With this new arrangement, the newly opened Juapong District office now serves as the district headquarters for the ECG district, which includes parts of Yilo Krobo, Lower Manya Krobo, Asuogyaman, Ho West, North Tongu, Shai Osudoku, and Okere.”

The Regional Manager explained that because the electricity distribution system is not self-sustaining and requires ECG staff to operate and maintain it 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to provide a reliable power supply, ECG is unable to continue full operations in the affected areas due to recent demonstrations and threats to the lives of those responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution networks.

“Management cannot risk the lives of any of our hardworking staff in such an unsafe environment,” he added.

“Due to the very serious security threats against ECG staff in portions of Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo towns, the reliability of power delivery in that enclave will be contingent on the availability of full Police escort for ECG’s engineers to attend to power supply difficulties,” he added.

It is important to note that ECG will continue to offer high-quality, safe, and dependable energy to the rest of the ECG area, as long as the safety of workers and equipment is ensured.”

According to him, ECG has requested that the Inspector General of Police and all National Security Agencies provide sufficient security for all ECG personnel as well as all ECG installations and facilities within the impacted area.

“ECG is dedicated to a peaceful resolution of the deadlock and an increase in revenue collection in the Krobo area so that it can fulfill its goal of providing excellent, safe, and dependable electrical services to assist Ghana’s socioeconomic growth and development.” Ing. Akinie remarked, “ECG is open to continuing communication and engagement with all stakeholders to promote a calm climate conducive to normal operations.”

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