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PURC fines ECG board members GH¢5.8M over ‘Dumsor’

By Janet Dumas

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission has enforced a heavy fine of Five Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand Ghana Cedis on members of the Electricity Company of Ghana board who served from January 1 to March 18, 2024.

This action was taken due to their violation of Regulation, which requires prior notification to consumers before any power interruption.

Those who were affected by the fine are Keli Gadzekpo, who resigned as Board Chair on March 26, and the current ECG Managing Director, Samuel Dubik Mahama.

PURC in a March 18 letter had directed the ECG to issue a load-shedding timetable by April 2, 2024, which was clamorously flouted without an explanation.

The Commission’s March 18 letter also demanded that the ECG submit the total number of planned outages that it undertook between January and March.

“The Commission established from its analysis of data submitted by ECG that there were 4142 outages to consumers within ECG’s operational areas between January and March 2024. Out of this number, 165 representing 3.98% of the total outages were ECG-planned outages. Further analysis showed that of the 165 ECG planned outages, 40 were supported by public notices, while there were no notices for the remaining 125 outages.
“Further, 38 of the 40 notices did not comply with the requisite three-day statutory notice prescribed under Regulation 39 of L.I. 2413. This indicates that in 163 instances of planned outages, ECG did not comply with the law.”

Public Utilities Regulatory Commission in a letter on Monday, April 15, said its analysis of the data submitted showed that 4142 outages were carried out within the period.


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