ECG issues ultimatum to PURC over suspension of billing software

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Unionised workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) to withdraw its directive for the suspension of the electricity billing software.

According to the workers, the directive has worsened the mood of customers, some of whom physically assault the staff when they report complaints at the district offices.

The PURC last month, instructed the ECG to suspend the software blaming astronomical bills of post-paid customers on the software.

Some consumers say they now pay twice as much as they paid for the same quantity of power consumed.

But at a press conference Monday, General Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union Bondzie Quaye said the workers will embark on a massive strike if the directive is not stepped down.

The workers believe there is nothing wrong with the software.

The Power ministry has set up a special taskforce to run tests on ECG meters both the old and new ones to determine its qualities.

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) had warned that implementing the directive could be chaotic. If the new software is suspended, the old software would have to be re-installed.

On the other hand it may have to freeze billing while rectifying problems with the new software. But a freeze will cut power to many homes.

 

Source: myjoyonline.com

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