Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh (Napo), the energy minister, has stated that the residents of Krobo must be prepared to deal with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
His remarks come after months of tension between locals and the ECG on the payment of electricity bills.
Whatever the matter, he believes it is incorrect for the residents of Kroboland to claim they will not pay their electrical bills.
The Krobo people need to be prepared to bargain with ECG. You should be prepared to pay for light. No neighborhood may declare that it will not pay its electricity costs. In an interview with Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Tuesday, he remarked, “If you don’t want to pay your bills, you won’t get lights.
“Negotiations to break the deadlock between the ECG and Krobo people are in progress. I am confident that an amicable resolution will be reached because we spoke with the town’s chiefs, and now ECG needs to meet with them as well.
Dr. Opoku-Prempeh added that once a deal has been made, ECG will be given the go-ahead to install prepaid meters across the enclave.
Since 2014, the residents of Kroboland have been at odds with ECG over the installation of prepaid meters because of, among other things, what they have called overbilling.
Due to the deadlock, there were multiple protests, acts of vandalism against ECG employees and property in Somanya, and a youth group later decided not to pay their light bills any more.
During one of the anti-ECG protests, a young man was shot and died, along with a number of other protesters.