Ghana’s Ministry of National Security has urged residents of Lower Manya and Yilo Krobo municipalities in the Eastern Region to cooperate with security agencies and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as they work to restore electricity supply to the affected areas.
Since Tuesday, 16th August 2022, some staff of ECG and personnel from the 49 Field Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces have been assessing the integrity of ECG’s infrastructure in the area, following the vandalism of some of the installations by aggrieved residents.
According to the Tema Region ECG Tema, 81 substations out of 147 in both Manya and Yilo Krobo Municipalities have, so far, been assessed.
There have been tensions between the residents and the ECG in recent times over the installation of prepaid metres.
A statement issued by the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday, 17th August 2022, indicated that the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs and other stakeholders at a meeting reached a consensus to foster peace and security and promote socio-economic activities in both municipalities.
The stakeholders agreed on several steps to be taken and among them included conducting integrity tests on all power transmission lines and electricity infrastructure in the area, resumption of the installation of prepaid meters following the restoration of electricity supply to the areas, and the deployment of security personnel to the said areas to ensure law and order during the installation of prepaid meters, and arrest of persons whose conduct threatens to disrupt the exercise.
“It is anticipated that the consensus reached between the said stakeholders would engender peace and security, promote socio-economic activities, and restore normalcy to the Lower Manya and Yilo Krobo Municipalities,” the statement said.