The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is considering imposing jail terms on customers who engage in illegal power connections, meter bypassing, power theft, and other forms of illegalities.
According to Ing. Dr George Yaw Marfo, Director at the Managing Director’s office, the decision was made following the one-month revenue mobilisation exercise conducted in the Tema Region, where meter bypassing and illegal connections were some of the major challenges encountered.
He urged customers who have engaged in these illegal activities to report to the engineers at any ECG district office to rectify the issue before they are prosecuted.
The ECG is expected to lobby parliament to enact laws to punish culprits, and Ing. Dr Marfo suggested that a few months of imprisonment could serve as a deterrent.
Over the years, illegal connections and other offences have been identified as major challenges that hamper the efficiency of power distributors in Ghana.