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ECG Loses Gh¢94,671.24 to Bush Fires in Central Region

The Central Regional Maintenance Engineer of the Company, Ing. William Coleman has revealed that the Company lost GH¢94,671.24 through bush fires in 2016.


He stated that the figure reflects the cost of replacing burnt poles as a result of bush fires, without the cost of labour and transport in carrying out the replacement exercise.
Ing. Coleman made this known when he granted an interview with The Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast to discuss the impact of bush fires on the operations of the Company.
He stated that the Company lost seventy-eight (78) high tension and forty-nine (49) low tension poles across the ten (10) operational districts in the Region, particularly in the Saltpond, Cape Coast, Assin Fosu and the Kasoa North districts in 2016.
Ing. Coleman said the incessant setting of fires contributed to the situation in which hundreds of customers had to be taken off the national grid to allow for the replacement of burnt poles. He mentioned that, apart from the Company losing revenue during the outage period, the phenomenon is also dangerous to human lives since in most cases the burnt poles fall with live conductors, which can cause electrocution of humans, and animals, should they be stepped upon.
“The activities of farmers and other people who set fires close to ECG poles without monitoring them have resulted in the loss of revenue which could have been channeled into improving the quality and reliability of the distribution network” he added.
Speaking at the briefing, the Central Regional Public Relations Officer, Mr. Isaac Nurris Ainooson, said the company will not look on but clamp down on such activities.
He intimated that anybody found to have set fire which eventually destroys an ECG pole would be made to pay for the cost of the replacement.
He urged the media and other stakeholders to support the Company to bring an end to this activity by using their various platforms to educate the general public on this menace. He implored the media to attach relevance to the concerns raised since the ECG is a major partner in the socio-economic development of the Country.

Isaac Nuris Ainooson
PRO/ Central Region

 

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