The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has taken a decision to move its offices from the Krobo areas to the newly-opened Juapong offices in the Volta Region. The decision was taken as a result of recent skirmishes and agitations led by some youth groups in Yilo and Manya Krobo against the nation’s foremost power distribution firm. On Monday, November 22, the United Krobo Foundation led a demonstration over accumulated debt, threatening the Company to pack out of Kroboland if the debt cannot be retired completely.
This came a couple of years after a violent demonstration in the area led to the vandalising of the Somanya offices of the Company and the burning of a police vehicle. “This clearly demonstrates that their recent threats which were captured on all media platforms, including the direct warning to ECG to vacate their Krobo land cannot be taken for granted,” the Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyemang-Badu, told journalists on Monday, December 6.
“The continuous emotional and psychological torture of our staff in the Krobo district cannot be allowed to go on in perpetuity. To protect the lives of our staff which we dare not compromise on, we henceforth will operate the district from Juapong office, and going forward, any faults intervention, or any call to correct any anomaly in the system within the Yilo Krobo and Lower Manya Krobo communities will be dependent on the availability of Police escort.” This decision was based on recommendations by ECG’s Tema Region, which has superintendence over the Krobo offices.
“Our doors will always be opened, and when reason prevails, and the Management of Tema region are convinced that the environment that we have left is safe and harmonious for us to directly operate in these communities, we will not hesitate to give them our approval.”