The Regional General Manager addressing the Media.
The Electricity Company of Ghana has held a one-day Distribution Engineering Training for selected journalists in the Western Region. The training programme which also included a facility tour was aimed at introducing journalists to Ghana’s Power Supply chain (Generation, Transmission, and Distribution) and ECG’s role in same.
In her opening address, the Regional General Manager, Ing. Jacqueline Ofori-Atta called on the journalists to see the programme as an opportunity to improve on their existing knowledge about the power sector in Ghana. She disclosed that ECG will organise more of such training programmes until almost every journalist in the region is covered. “This training forms part of our continuous stakeholder engagements. Our aim is to get all our critical stakeholders to understand and appreciate what we do as a Company,” she noted She hoped that the training programme will help clear a lot of the misconceptions journalists have about Ghana’s power sector in general and especially, the ECG.
The Regional Engineer, Ing. Ebenezer Ghunney, who was the main resource person took the media practitioners through various topics including: Basics of Electrical Engineering; Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Major Causes of Outages in Electrical NETWORKS; The transformer as a Major Network Component; Protection, Earthing/Grounding; Power Quality; Load Management, and some interesting facts about electricity. The journalists were then sent to one of the Company’s main primary substations (STATION B) in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis on a facility tour to experience at first-hand what they were taught.
Journalists who participated in the training programme were from 20 notable media houses within and without the Western region. They were the Graphic Communications Group Ltd, The Ghanaian Times, GBC (Twincity Radio), Daily Guide, Chronicle, GNA, B&FT, Skyy Power FM, Joy FM, Citi FM, STARR FM, Peace FM, KYZZ FM, Radio 360, Connect FM, ROK FM, Radio Maxx, Best FM (Bogoso), Space FM (Tarkwa) and WESTEND Radio (Esiama).
Speaking after the training program, the 2011 Ghananain Journalist of the Year and JOY FM’s Western Regional Correspondent, Mr. Kwaku Owusu Peprah thanked ECG for the effort to constantly engage a critical stakeholder like the media. He was hopeful that such engagements will be frequent, since it is mutually beneficial to ECG and the media.
By: PHILIP OSEI BONSU (PRO/WR)