Kumasi Controller office in darkness for 'almost a year' over ¢22,000 ECG debt

Kumasi Controller office in darkness for 'almost a year' over ¢22,000 ECG debt
Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com
Date: 08-11-2017 Time: 07:11:26:pm

Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) office in the Ashanti region has been without regular power supply over a ¢22,500 debt owed Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

The Department has failed to meet its part of a debt settlement plan agreed with ECG in January 2017.

Under the plan, about ¢3,3000 is to be deducted in every top-up which is to be above the deducted amount.

The failure to meet this obligation has left the Department in charge of payroll of public workers struggling to operate.

CAGD is among several government Departments and Ministries housed in a two-storey building in Kumasi. It occupies all the offices on the ground floor except one reserved for Stool Lands.

All the other ministries have power except the CAGD.

Reporting from the premises, LuvFM’s Erastus Asare Donkor observed there are two meters in the offices - a post-paid meter and a pre-paid meter which is inside the IT office.

ECG reading of the meters show, the post-paid has 0.45p credit while the pre-paid is stocked with ¢108. If the pre-paid runs out, internet cafes cash in.

Sensitive government documents of the department that deals with salaries of public sector employees are printed from nearby business support services.

He reported there is a general idling about by staff of the Department.

The IT office which has pre-paid power is devoted to only two computers and a printer. CAGD, therefore, has no internet access for all other computers, air-conditioners are silent and photocopiers, printers are not running.

ECG examination of the card revealed the pre-paid meter powering the IT office if owned by a private individual and not the CAGD.

There is a general idling about with little to do in the absence of power. Pens have replaced computers and staff scribble letters to type and print outside.

Government departments used to enjoy post-paid power but many have been moved to pre-paid meters following escalating utility bills piled up on government.


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