After being disconnected due to non-payment of bills, electricity has been restored to the new Kejetia market in Kumasi, Ashanti region.
It will be recalled that business activities were halted yesterday October 13, 2021, following the disconnection of power to the facility due to its indebtedness to ECG to the tune of over 2 million Ghana cedis.
“The market owes us GHS2.1m for a period of six months,” Erasmus Kyere Baidu, General Manager of the ECG’s Public Affairs Directorate, said on 3FM’s Sunrise on Thursday.
However, the trading facility has been reconnected to power following the intervention of Kumasi Mayor, Sam Pyne.
Mr Baidu explained that “being alive without electricity is uncomfortable but we [ECG] deal with the company and not individuals”.
“We have declared the last quarter of the year as ‘operation collect and correct’ our bills so it is not only the Kejetia Market that we have targeted”, he disclosed.
He noted “yesterday we were at Obuasi, Abuakwa, and other places. It’s a whole exercise and we are not relenting. The target is to make sure we collect all our bills and Kejetia is just one of them”.
When asked if individual traders can apply for their own meters, Mr Baidu answered that because the market is run by a company, individuals do not have the authority to bypass the organization and apply for their own meters.
“Management can come to the ECG for a new arrangement for a new individual metre but they are yet to come. The traders cannot bypass their management to come directly to us for individual metres,” he explained.
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