Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, has revealed that the days of government’s wholesale intervention to prevent utility providers like the ECG from disconnecting public institutions are over.
According to him government is now selective in its intervention concentrating on critical sectors of the Economy.
The Electricity Company of Ghana as part of a nationwide disconnection exercise has cut power supply to a number of state institutions, including the Cape Coast Stadium in the Central Region.
[contextly_sidebar id=”u97wzkYlIXdIR7hE0fJ8Lh45XjCVlaxI”]The national stadium owes ECG some seven hundred and twenty thousand cedis.
The ministry is on record to have issued a statement appealing to ECG to consider leaving out security installations amongst others in their disconnection exercise.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show to clarify the ministry’s stance, Mr Jinapor explained that they are selective in their intervention for a good cause.
He further called on managers of the Cape Coast Stadium to settle their indebtedness to the power supplier since government will not intervene.
“Cape Coast stadium has to pay. If the Ministry of Finance or any other agency wants to step in, no problem, pay ECG, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
The Deputy Minister said officials of the National Theatre came to his office but he told them that they have to pay their own bills from rent charged from persons who use their facilities.
“They were in my office and I told them that people come to rent your place and when they come you put your air conditions on and after that they pay for renting the place. There is a restaurant in National Theatre. I also told them that if you owe them too much, structure it so that you can pay in installment. The policy is that we are moving away from this issue when government has to pay for all these institutions including those that have the ability and the potential to pay,” he added.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana