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The management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) should take the responsibility of meeting with the American Embassy over electricity bills which the state power distributor has failed to collect, Kwadwo Poku, an energy consultant with Gasop Oil, has said.
The United States embassy in Ghana has said it has been pursuing the ECG without success for two years to serve it with bills for power consumed within the period.
In a series of tweets, it further noted that funds had been set aside to settle its electricity bills.
“The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has not refused to pay any electricity bills. We have been asking for official bills for embassy-managed facilities for more than two years so we can issue correct payments. The embassy has set aside funds for electricity and we will continue to work with the ECG to get correct bills so we can pay,” the embassy clarified.
But in a statement responding to this assertion, the Public Utilities Workers Union said: “Concerning the assertion that the US Embassy demands bills and ECG has not been able to provide the Embassy with bills is also very strange because as far we know to date, the US Embassy does not owe ECG in terms of bills. So if they were not getting bills, would they have paid all their indebtedness till date?
Commenting on this development in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM, Mr Poku said it should not have taken the workers union to have responded to the American Embassy’s revelation, rather the management of ECG.
He said: “The management of ECG should have written to the American Embassy to submit their documents and do the reconciliation and after the reconciliation everyone will know the true state of affairs.
“The banter and counter accusation that is going is not helping the matter. People are getting a bit sentimental about it.
“Normally when matters of ECG come up, you hear too many voices – the unions say one thing and others also say a different, and that is not helping.”