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The government pays GH¢5 million for Senior High Schools  to settle ECG arrears.
The government pays GH¢5 million for Senior High Schools  to settle ECG arrears.

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The government pays GH¢5 million for Senior High Schools  to settle ECG arrears.

According to sources within the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), GH¢5 million has been released by the government to settle arrears owing by institutions in the Second Cycle.

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This financial support is in response to the ECG national task force’s recent report of Accra Academy power outages, which involved a GH¢400,000 debt.

Students at Accra Academy had serious repercussions from the outage, including studying in the dark and having to use torches. The Free SHS Secretariat has taken notice of the pressing situation and approved the settlement of the outstanding arrears.

Some on-campus teachers also reported feeling disconnected, an unnamed teacher told Accra-based Citi FM. The instructor explained that the school does not know the precise amount owing to the power distribution provider and is not directly in charge of paying the bill.

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Paul Agraga, the head of prosecution at ECG, has clarified that the disconnect is a component of a continuous effort to recoup unpaid invoices to the business.

“Typically, a team from our organization visits our clients periodically to remind them of their debts and prevent further accumulation. Therefore, Accra Academy, for instance, owes the ECG more than GH¢400,000,” Agraga said.

He also refuted claims that the ECG is intentionally going after the school, emphasizing that the business also owes its partners, whom it must reimburse.

“This is a continuing operation that we are carrying out; Accra Academy was not our intended target. Numerous residences, companies, and establishments have likewise experienced the same destiny. There is no discrimination in the no-free consumption policy; if you owe, you will be cut off. We also owe people money that we must pay, therefore it doesn’t matter if it’s Parliament or a security service,” Agraga explained.

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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has also turned off the electricity at the Accra Sports Stadium due to significant outstanding bills.

An article from Joy Sports claims that the stadium’s electricity was cut off because the nation’s power distributor is overdue by about GH¢400,000.

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