The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Tema region has retrieved a total amount of GHS1,794,352 from 40 (forty) identified businesses that were involved in illegal connections during 2018.

The amount represented 2.247Gwh of power and 80% of revenue collected.

These businesses, which were apprehended through assistance from the police, have been surcharged; some have made payment, some part-payment, while 19 cases are in court.

Speaking in an interview during a press soirée, the Managing Director of ECG Tema Region, Ing Joseph Forson said: “We have identified 40 businesses that were stealing electricity; they were apprehended with support from the police and surcharged”.

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He assured that his outfit will collect all outstanding debts, adding they will not leave any stone unturned in reducing losses to the barest minimum.

Ing. Forson further assured the people of Tema that they will experience improved services this year, and a difference in their operations – especially when PDS takes over ECG.

These include improved service delivery, meeting customer demands, enhanced reliability, as well as bringing back 24-hour service delivery.

He revealed that Tema and its environs is confronted with challenges, and the greatest of them all is meter shortage.

Tema and its environs was unable to meet demand in supplying meters to customers who applied for them and expressed hope that all will be sorted out soon.

Out of about 4,000 people who applied for separate meters, ECG was able to supply just over 1,000 in 2018.