Picture having a sales business that is aimed at making sufficient profit within a period, and even before the business starts, you cannot account for about 30 percent of things sold. How would you grow such a business? What is the guarantee of the sustenance of a business with such losses? (It is just not possible in my opined view).
This is the ordeal the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is facing at the moment; the inability to recoup revenue from electricity distributed to you and me. Let me hasten to add that this inability is not because of their corporate incompetence, but mainly because of the canker of ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS.
While some citizens are diligently paying for the electricity consumed, others have transmogrified into finding ways to evade the metering system or illegally connecting the lines without meters. It is maniacally bewildering that now, others travel as far as neighboring countries such as Togo to purchase meters to use in Ghana just so that their consumption cannot be monitored, thus evading the bills.
These people are robbing you and me. Not only are we being robbed, but the government is being robbed as well. It is high time we grimaced at such activities going on in this country.
Let me say prestissimo, that the newly launched revenue protection task force under the Matthew Opoku Prempeh administration has all the necessary support of the government and I am rather gladdened those harsh penalties would be meted out to culprits.
If we are to consume the electricity, we must pay for it. The power generation, transmission and distribution players need the money to keep up the good work and to keep our lights stable and reliable.
Let’s say NO to illegal connection. Let’s do the right thing.
About Shadrach Owusu
Shadrach Owusu, born on 28th March 1995 is a male academic and staunch member of the conservative New Patriotic Party of Ghana.
He is an alumnus of Adisadel College, graduated to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where he studied BSc Petrochemical Engineering. Shadrach holds a Master of Business Administration in Petroleum Accounting and Finance from the University of Professional Studies, Accra as well as a Master of Arts in Political Communication from the Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.
As a Communications Strategist aside from his petroleum career, he holds various professional diplomas in communication and international relations from King’s College London, University of London, University of Leeds, all in the United Kingdom, University of Washington, and Purdue University, all in the United States of America and Trinity College in the University of Dublin, Ireland.
Shadrach is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) of the United Kingdom as well as a graduate member of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE).
As an ardent believer in youth leadership, Shadrach rose through the ranks to be elected National Coordinating Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) as well as playing several roles as a delegate of the International Model United Nations in Cardiff University, Cambridge University and Oxford University, all in the United Kingdom.
Shadrach enrolled in a job with the Birmingham City Council in England, UK after briefly interning with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s The Big Question TV show in Cardiff, Wales, and later joined the UK’s leading multi-format specialist distributor of video games, Centresoft in Birmingham, England.
Currently, He has been appointed as a social media and Digital Communications Strategist for the Ministry of Energy in Ghana where he combines his expertise in communications and energy management, taking a keen interest in petroleum.
He doubles as a member of the PR team for Ghana’s incumbent Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.