‘Hanging’ Kwabenya electric pole too dangerous for us to work on – ECG

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Residents of Aboom-Junction at Kwabenya, a suburb of Accra would have to wait some more for a hanging electrical pole to be fixed as the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says the pole is too dangerous to be worked on.

A heavy rainfall in June, caused the soil around the pole to wash away, leaving it hanging. Now residents have supported the pole with bricks and feeble-looking sticks.

Though they claim to have reported the matter to ECG and the District Assembly, the Manager of a washing bay, where the pole is situated told ABC News that nothing has been done yet.

As a follow up on the matter, ABC News visited the Kwabenya District Office of the Electricity Company of Ghana.

District Manager of the facility, indicated that the development has come to his attention but the damaged drainage around the pole needs to be fixed before work can commence on the seemingly disastrous pole.

He argued that after a survey of the area, workers of ECG cannot be sent to either work on or disconnect the pole since it is ‘dangerous’.

“The issue is that the District has been informed of it. There were site visits to the place, together with the Assemblyman to have a look at the situation and we informed the Assemblyman that due to the nature of the grounds, the drain will have to be fixed so we could relocate the poll and the promised working on it. Since it’s been long and they are not doing anything, the residents and people around have also been complaining. What we can do immediately is to disconnect the supply to the place because it’s dangerous for us to even go and climb that pole. That pole if we want to disconnect, we have to disconnect from the nearest pole because it’s dangerous for us to even work on it now.

“We will disconnect the supply while we await the construction of the drain for it to be safe for us to work on it because as you saw, the ground is washed away so it has to be filled. I don’t know who is in charge of that drain but I’m sure the assembly has given it to a contractor and so we will work with the Ga East Municipal Assembly to get the work done,” the Manager, name withheld, told ABC News.

 

SourceABC News

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