Chairman of the Senior Staff Association (SSA) of Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) Branch, Engineer William Kwame Asare has said that power has been restored to some parts of the Tamale Metropolis after days of being plunged into darkness.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story on Friday, October 1, 2021 Ing. Asare said power was restored at 4.00 pm. He said NEDCo officials went in the company of Police to inspect and work on affected equipment.

“We met today ourselves and decided that the Police should accompany us to go and work on the feeder that has been down for some days now. So in the company of Policemen, we went out to the field and identified the faults and restored power to that particular feeder,” he said.

The blackout in some communities in the Tamale Metropolis follows a strike by the staff of Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo).

The staff withdrew their services after some youth in the Metropolis attacked the offices of NEDCo and in the process, destroyed some properties of the company on Saturday.

NEDCo however, took the decision not to move into communities to work on transformers, powerlines and other electrical faults following threats on their lives.

Mr Asare said although work has started on some parts of the affected feeders in the communities, NEDCo has not resumed full service.

This, he said is because NEDCo workers cannot always go out to work in the company of armed Policemen, adding that the guarantee for safety must come from the residents of Tamale and not the Police.

“We cannot do our legitimate duty always in the company of armed Policemen, we have gotten to a stage where we are demanding that the residents of Tamale themselves must guarantee our safety and the representatives of the residents of Tamale are the Assemblymen….Beyond the security set up, the real guarantee for safety should come from the community themselves because they are our customers. Ours is a service, we serve the community and we demand that the guarantee for safety must be coming from the community themselves,” he said.