BY: Daniel Orlando| Voltaonlinegh.com|
The Volta Regional Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Madam Christina Jatoe-Kaleo, has appealed to farmers and hunters to protect electricity poles to reduce numerous bush fires during this harmattan season.
Madam Jatoe-Kaleo stated that it costs the company huge sums of money to replace damaged poles and transformers affected by bush fires during harmattan.
The Regional Manager mentioned that it costs about GHc5.5 million to maintain a reliable power supply in the region, including the replacement of faulty meters, damaged poles, and clearing of power lines.
She made these remarks at a press soiree in Ho last Wednesday.
Madam Jatoe-Kaleo disclosed that starting next year, the Volta Region will begin the implementation of the Loss Reduction Programme (LRP), where local manufacturers will be engaged to manufacture meters locally.
The LRP is an initiative by the ECG management to install Meter Management System (MMS)-compliant smart meters to improve energy accounting. The project also aims at ensuring the availability of meters and the immediate replacement of all faulty meters to meet service connection requests and reduce system losses.
She indicated that with the LRP project, customers will not have any excuses for illegal connections, warning that anybody found engaged in illegal connections or tampering with the meters would face the law.
Madam Jatoe-Kaleo called on the public to assist the company in winning the war against dealers in fake meters by reporting any individuals engaged in that activity, enabling the ECG to generate enough revenue to sustain the electricity supply chain.