The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has invested over two million cedis to improve electricity supply in seven communities along the Ghana-Togo Border at Aflao.
The project which is valued at GH¢2,439,568.29 is a Special Grid Intensification project by the ECG to bring relief to customers in Gakli, Kologa, Ziome 1, Ziome 2, Jatakope, Duta and Adotekope.
According to Delali Oklu, General Manager for ECG, Volta/Oti regions, “the mission of the company which is to deliver quality, reliable and safe electricity services to support the economic growth and development of Ghana, motivated the decision to invest heavily in this project to ensure our customers enjoy quality and reliable power supply.”
Mr Oklu also noted that before the construction of this network, customers in the area experienced persistent power fluctuations and low voltage due to the poor nature of the network supplying the area. The transformer serving the area had also reached its full capacity, hence the need to inject new transformers to prevent overload and burnouts and also provided for the new and potential customers in the very fast developing enclave.
The project which involves 500 Low Voltage (LV) poles, 110 High Tension (HT) poles, 6-No. 100KVA transformers and conductors will ensure reliable and quality supply to the residents.
Mr Oklu added that the project which was 70% completed would be fully operational after commissioning within the next two months. “Once this project is completed in the next two months, the issues of low voltage and power fluctuations will be solved completely to bring relief to our customers,” he said.
Some benefits of the project include the improved voltage profile of the supply system leading to increased reliability and quality of power supply to cherished customers in these communities, improved revenue collection and reduction in system losses.
Mr Oklu warned the general public to desist from unlawful entry into ECG networks. “Anyone who wants to carry out an activity within any of our installations should seek approval from us before doing so to prevent unfortunate incidents like injuries, death and damage to our equipment,” he added.
“There is a six per cent commission of any amount we recoup as an incentive for anyone who gives us reliable information to unearth any illegality,” he said.