Some customers of the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) in the Northern Region have been involved in the theft of electricity costing about GH¢75,000.
A statement from NEDCo, which disclosed this, said the power was stolen by 24 customers through illegal connections.
It added that management had resolved to retrieve all monies from the affected customers owing to the development.
“If only 24 customers could together steal power worth GH¢75,000.00, then how do you expect NEDCo to operate effectively.”
In the wake of power theft and illegal connections among some communities in the Northern Region, the main power supply outfit, NEDCO, has taken some measures to prosecute and retrieve its monies from customers.
Corporate Communications Manager, Maxwell K. Kotoka, told BUSINESS GUIDE that management had decided that going forward, NEDCo would name and shame power thieves.
According to him, once power is used or acquired, it must be paid for to help the company offer regular power supply.
He said they would intensify monitoring and that announcements had been running for the past months to achieve that purpose.
He admonished customers of NEDCo to settle their debts to the company to ensure quality service delivery to save it from possible collapse.
Mr. Kotoka cautioned all communities in the Northern Region, who have engaged in such activity in the past, as well as, those who intend to do so to stop that practice.
Meanwhile, the chief and elders of Dohanayili have pleaded with management of NEDCo to restore power supply to the community.
They apologized for the actions of the youth in the community, assuring that nothing of such nature would repeat itself.
Subsequently, power has been restored in the community.
Mr. Kotoka, however, rendered an unqualified apology to well-meaning and decent customers, saying it was never intended to inconvenience them.
From Eric Kombat, Tamale