ECG Loses Transformers To Theft

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), in collaboration with the Tema Police, are investigating circumstances under which over 20 transformers mounted on poles in the area were stolen within two months.

ECG has lost over GH₵500,000 in the Tema Region as a result of the theft of the transformers in communities such as Ashiaman, Tema, Katamanso, Dawhenya, Afienya, Nungua and Shai Hills, as well as the Accra-Tema motorway.

Each transformer is estimated to cost about GH₵25,000 and is used to distribute high voltage electricity power to the various customers in and around the aforementioned communities.

The criminals reportedly remove the fuse which enables them to bring down the transformers to remove oil, coils and other useful parts.

The theft of properties belonging to the ECG, especially conductors and transformers along the Accra-Tema Motorway, is on the rise, as miscreants have focused their attention on transformers mounted on poles.

Three staff of the ECG were recently arrested in connection with the theft of some 86 transformers from the Tema Warehouse.

The three staff-Perfect Agbo, Eric Yaw Darko and Samuel Frimpong, who is at large, are facing trial at an Accra Circuit Court. They are facing charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing, but have pleaded not guilty.

When management of ECG took stock of its properties on April 4, 2014 at its Central Stores in Tema, it realized that 83 200/33 KV TUCSO transformers belonging to the company had gone missing.

Upon further interrogations, it emerged that the three accused persons had stolen them.

The police, together with the Prosecution Department of the ECG after some interrogation arrested the accused persons and preferred charges against them.

Theresa Osabutey, Public Relations Officer (ECG) of ECG in Tema, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, appealed to the public to safeguard national assets and assist to apprehend unscrupulous individuals in the communities.

‘The rampant nature of this notorious activity is very alarming and it’s a huge cost to the company. Also customers who receive their supply through these transformers would have to remain in darkness until the transformers are replaced. This is a huge financial drain on the company,’ she stated.

She appealed to the general public to assist ECG by reporting any suspicious person close to any ECG installation or transformer to the nearest police station or ECG office.

Mrs. Osabutey stressed that national assets help companies in the country to provide quality services to the public.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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