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NEDCo retrieves over Ghc3 million debt in Upper East Region, disconnects over 5,000 electricity users

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It should be recalled that the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) in the Upper East Region began its one-month disconnection exercise targeting private and public institutions with huge debts a few weeks ago.

NEDCO mentioned that the Upper East Regional Hospital, the Ministry of Communications’ cell site, and Bolgatanga Technical University were the biggest debtors.

Briefing the media before the exercise, Eugene Addo, Area Manager of VRA/NEDCo said the regional hospital owes NEDCo close to GHc3.6 million and has since failed to commit to a payment plan. 

“The Regional Hospital owes us GHc3.6 million cedis, the Ministry of Communications’ cell site is GHc946 thousand, and Bolgatanga Technical University’s two campuses owe us GHc850 and 420 thousand each (1.2 million). They need to pay because it is too much.”

Speaking about the total debt owed in the Upper East and North East Regions, Mr. Addo said Ghc 156.6 million is owed, made up of 52 percent of the private sector and 42 percent of the public sector. 

He said the exercise is targeted at getting GHc26 million.

Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Madam Alima Bamie, the Customer Service Officer for NEDCo, Upper East Region, explained that more than Ghc 3 million in debt had been collected while over 5,000 electricity users had been disconnected from the national grid. 

“Our target is to collect between Ghc25 and 26 million for this one month exercise we are undertaking. We are in the second week of the exercise, and as of yesterday, we have collected Ghc 3,049,850.95 of the amount we targeted to collect. We disconnected over 5,000 customers during the exercise,” she said. 

Madam Bamie called on customers to prioritise the payment of electricity bills to help NEDCo deliver quality service. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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