Angry Tabora, Odorkor residents block roads; destroy ECG properties over power cuts

Residents of some suburbs in Accra have been on rampage blocking roads and destroying properties owned by the Electricity Corporation of Ghana over the persistent power cuts in their neighbourhood.

First it was residents from Lapaz-Tabora, who on Sunday afternoon blocked roads and destroyed properties at the Kwashieman power station.

The residents reportedly destroyed a polytank and also nearly assaulted the security man at the station.

Some eyewitnesses who spoke to Joy News said their lights had been off for three days without any proper explanation.

They said the frequent power outages have destroyed their home appliances and made it impossible for them to plan their lives.

The residents said they will keep the roads closed until their lights are restored.

Elsewhere in Odorkor, another suburb of Accra, Joy News’ Fred Smith reports of angry residents who hit the road protesting the persistent power cuts.

The residents according to Fred Smith blocked the major Kaneshie Odorkor road in protest over the cuts.

It took the intervention of the military for the road blocks to be removed but the residents were still unfazed.

Some of the angry residents asked president John Mahama to ensure they have power supply to enable them go about their economic and social activities.

Their power has been cut for several days.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) began a load shedding programme earlier this year following the announcement of over 500 megawatts of power they had to shed.

They attributed the deficit to repair works on some power plants and cessation of gas supply from Nigeria.

ECG in September, released a time table for its intensified load shedding exercise but has been unable to stick to it.

ECG officials are yet to comment on the attack

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