Not even begging by the Principal of the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College, William Sebil could stop the officials from the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) from disconnecting the institution from power supply over an indebtedness of GH¢ 878,000 for a period of three years.
Speaking to the media after cutting off the electricity supply to the Bolgatanga NTC, Upper East Regional Billing and Revenue Officer William Kwame Asare said the institution could not meet an agreement with NEDCO management on the amount they could pay in order not to be disconnected.
“We have just disconnected the Bolgatanga Nursing Training College and their standing balance of GH¢ 878,000. So we expect that if they make payments or come up with an agreement that will be favourable to both parties, then we can look at restoring power.”
This came against the backdrop of a mass revenue mobilisation and disconnection exercise embarked on by NEDCO in its operational area, which comprises the Upper East and North East regions, respectively.
Mr. Sebil, whose plea could not yield any result, told the media that students were writing examinations and that cutting off the electricity would affect the ongoing examinations and other critical engagements. He stressed that the payment of school fees by students is problematic, as he described some of the students as vulnerable.
The Bolgatanga Midwifery Training College would have been disconnected but for the intervention of the institution’s Principal, Christian Amaliba. Mr. Amaliba had entered an agreement to pay off the Ghc288, 540.00 debt.
Meanwhile, NEDCo disconnected electricity supply to the Bolgatanga Technical University over unpaid 1.8 million cedis owed the company.
Speaking to the media after cutting off BTU electricity power supply, Upper East Regional Billing and Revenue Officer William Kwame Asare said, “We engaged the school’s authorities, and as of February , their indebtedness was GH¢1,083,215, and it appeared that they had gone to pay GH¢50,000 as of this morning, which is woefully inadequate, and we so engaged them to make some substantial payments, but they were unable to do so we had to disconnect power supply to the university.”
Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga|