ACEP uncovers massive illegal electricity connections costing Ghana ¢1.3m annually

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The Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) has uncovered that agents of power distribution companies and some political actors are conniving with residential power consumers to fix illegal meters in homes.

Policy Lead of Petroleum and Conventional Energy at ACEP, Kodzo Yaotse presenting the facts at a virtual meeting, described the situation as widespread and costing the country over ¢1.3 million.

In view of this, he charged government to take immediate action to curb the situation.

“We have discovered that agents of the power distributors which includes sub-contractors, service providers and staff who distribute meters among others actively facilitate and even advise consumers on illegal connection and meter tamping for their private gains.

Mr Yaotse further stated that the Centre’s discovery is just the “tip of the iceberg” since the illicit act costing the country millions is being recorded across the country.

ACEP is therefore calling for a complete overhaul of the distribution system of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and active monitoring of staff to fix this loophole.

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