Withdraw military personnel from Krobo area – NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the government as a matter of urgency to withdraw all military personnel deployed to the Krobo area as part of an operation by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to install prepaid metres in homes.
This, the NDC said will ease what they term the “unnecessary tension” in the area and also give way for citizens to go about their normal lives freely.

The party made the call after the leadership of the party paid a working visit to the Lower Manya and Yilo Krobo areas on Friday, August 26, 2022.


The visit is part of the party’s ongoing membership drive and reorganisation activities in the Eastern Region.



It also comes in the wake of a recent standoff between some residents of the Krobo area and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), which resulted in the latter disconnecting electricity supply to these areas for some weeks.

A press statement signed and issued by the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo on Saturday, August 27, 2022, said the NDC is “appalled” at the manner the issue had been handled by the government.

“The party’s leadership is appalled at how a simple process of installing prepaid meters for residents in these communities has been badly managed by the Akufo-Addo government, the Ministry of Energy and Management of the Electricity Company of Ghana”.



Attached below is a copy of the statement:

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF NDC VISITS LOWER MANYA AND YILO KROBO AREAS IN THE WAKE OF RECENT IMPASSE WITH THE ECG.


The National Leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) paid a working visit to the Lower Manya and Yilo Krobo areas yesterday as part of our ongoing membership drive and reorganization activities in the Eastern Region .

This visit comes in the wake of a recent standoff between indigenes of these communities and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), which resulted in the latter disconnecting electricity supply to these areas for several weeks.

Having followed developments in the Krobo enclave and interacted with the Chiefs and people of the area, the party has become aware of the longstanding impasse between residents and the ECG over the installation of prepaid meters, which not long ago degenerated into violent protests, leading to loss of lives in process.

The party’s leadership is appalled at how a simple process of installing prepaid meters for residents in these communities has been badly managed by the Akufo-Addo government, the Ministry of Energy and Management of the Electricity Company of Ghana. We hold the view that the military-backed forced installation of prepaid meters in the area without proper community engagement and sensitization was completely unnecessary. .

The recent crisis has brought economic activities in the Krobo area to a halt and exacerbated the hardships the people in the area are already reeling under. Hospitals were forced to shutdown leading to loss of lives, while schools, businesses and households all bore the brunt of the nearly one month freeze on electricity supply to these areas.

The NDC condemns in no uncertain terms government’s high-handed approach to resolving these issues and the brutalities meted out to innocent citizens in the area by the military. And we sympathize with the residents of these communities who have been at the receiving end of such mistreatment by the government through its agents.

We call on government to as a matter of urgency withdraw all military personnel who have been deployed to the Krobo area in order to ease the unnecessary tension and give way for citizens to go about their normal lives freely. The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government must change its modus operandi and adopt a humane approach in addressing the “Kroboland”- ECG crisis.


Signed.
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo
National Chairman, NDC

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