Chief, locals of Kpongunor reject pre-paid meters ahead of pre-installation survey

Divisional Chief of Dorm in the Manya Krobo Traditional Area of the Eastern Region, Nene Bediako Baah Muala III and residents of Kpongunor have rejected plans by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to deploy prepaid metering system to the Yilo and Manya Krobo municipalities.
The ECG on Tuesday began a comprehensive meter reading, pre-installation survey and checking of illegal connections in the two municipalities but the residents who say the Company is welcome to the area to conduct its activities however disagreed with the intended deployment of the new meters.
According to them, the move would not only unduly serve as a financial burden on the customers of the Company who may not be in the position to afford the prepaid cards when they run out of units but also a ploy by the power distributors to retrieve debt owed the Company.
They also argue that the ECG has failed to compensate its people who were killed and maimed during the 2018 protests against the MCE for Lower Manya Krobo.
Kpongunor remains a hot spot in the Krobo, ECG impasse with hundreds of its people clashing with police in 2018, leading to the death of one person and seven injuries.
MD for the ECG, Mr Kwame Agyemang Budu in response, explained that the prepaid metering system is not only being deployed in Kroboland but a national policy being rolled out by the Company and called on the customers to exercise the judicious use of the cards to save them money.
Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.

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