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Ghana Water Company Limited worried about growing theft of properties in Upper East Region

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The Ghana Water Company Limited is worried about the growing theft of its properties across its operational areas in the Upper East Region. The company has expressed grave concern about the negative consequences of the theft for its operations.

When Mohammed Bashiru, the Regional Commercial Manager, spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show with Mark Smith today, he appealed to the conscience of the thieves to amend their ways or face the full rigors of the law.

“We are very disturbed as far as theft is concerned. The thefts are regular activities that have been going on,” he said. 

Power cables, water metres and tap heads, according to Mr. Bashiru, have become popular choices for thieves.

It would be recalled that the Navrongo Magistrate Court has remanded a 30-year-old man and his wife for allegedly stealing power cables belonging to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL). Mr. Felix Amoah, a mason, and his wife, Asamsia Kadoa, a seamstress, were arrested by the police on Saturday, October 13th, 2023, for allegedly stealing a total of 1 km of power cables valued at Ghs 180,000.

According to officials from the Ghana Water Company Limited, the power cables were used to connect electricity, which powered their mechanised boreholes. Due to the construction of the Tono water project, the mechanised boreholes have not been functional, but the cables were still used to supply electricity to sensitive areas of their operational zone. The two accused persons appeared before the magistrate court on October 17th, 2023.

Mr. Felix Amoah was charged with stealing and causing unlawful damage to public property, while his wife, Asamsia Kadoa, was charged with aiding and abetting stealing. The police prosecution requested more time to conduct further investigations, and the judge remanded the man to police custody, while the wife was granted bail on the grounds that she was a nursing mother. She was granted bail on the condition of Ghs 10,000, with two sureties to be justified.

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

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