ECG cuts power supply to Hillburi Hotel over illegal connection
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disconnected power supply to the serene Hillburi Resort located in Aburi – 33km drive from the capital, Accra – after detecting illegal connection at the premises.
The major power distributor is on a massive nationwide disconnection spree primarily targeting state institutions and private businesses owing a cumulative amount of GHC5.7 billion.
The revenue mobilisation crew of ECG said it discovered that the hotel had done a bypass underground from their dedicated transformer to supply power to their gadgets.
“So they don’t pay as expected,” an official of ECG said in a video posted on the official Twitter page on Friday, March 31.
“In fact, they pay when they want to pay,” the official added in the video. “It’s a serious situation… we’ll take them through prosecution. This one is a straight forward case and we’ll take them through prosecution.”
“This is pure illegal connection. We’ve disconnected them, as we speak now they are not on our network,” the official added.
ECG did not disclose how much the hotel was owing them. Officials of the resort did not respond to our phone query.
Update on the ongoing nationwide revenue mobilization exercise, which started on March 20 and will end on April 20, 2023.
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ECG is on a 30-day revenue mobilisation exercise as it pursues defaulting public and private customers including mining and manufacturing firms, who are the biggest debtors. This week it took the Osu Police Barracks in Accra off the national grid due to illegal connection.
The exercise affected three blocks at the barracks, officials of the power distributor said.