NF-(Tema)-The Tema Regional Office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has denied media reports alleging that it has handed over an illegal connection whistle blower to the police for prosecution at Hwakpo in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region.

Responding to the report,Engineer Emmanuel Akinie, General Manager,Tema Regional Office(ECG) explained that his outfit was not aware of Such incident at Hwakpo.

the report according to allegedly indicted Mr. Richard Akwerh for causing damages to some properties which belong to a neighbour who was a poultry farmer, alleged to have illegally connected electricity power to his poultry farm.

According to the report Mr.Akweh destroyed some caples in the act.

Ing.Akinie said “ECG would want to make it clear that the Company became aware of the possibility of the illegal connection on July 29th 2021,saying ECG did not know of any damages as captured in the said police report.

He indicated that, ECG was currently not in court with anyone from Hwakpo, adding that even though investigations was ongoing they do not have any record of illegality from any one in Hwakpo

He gave the assurance that,ECG would take issues of whistleblowers seriously and do all it could to protect such individuals and not to betray them as some media reports portrayed.

He noted that the Ada District ECG Engineer together with the Revenue Protection Team went to the said scene on July 29, 2021, and found out that power had been connected from a nearby house to a poultry farm structure which was not in operation.

The ECG Tema Regional General Manager said the cables used which was substandard were removed and sent to the Tema Regional Office and the poultry farmer served with a notice of unauthorized service connection and asked to report to the Revenue Protection Unit at the Tema Regional Office for further actions.

He explained that even though the said connection passed through the meter,the connection is deemed as not proper since it was not authorized by the Electricity Company of Ghana.

Mr.Akinie added that, informant would receive six per cent of the surcharged amount as reward in accordance with the Company’s policy on whistle blowing.

Ing.Emmanuel Appoe, Tema Regional ECG Engineer, on his part advised people to desist from tampering with facilities of ECG adding that it could lead to damages and even death.

He said when any illegality was identified, it must be reported to the ECG for the necessary investigation and action to be taken instead of one taking the law into their own hands and acting upon it.

Madam Zita Kyei-Gyamfi, Tema ECG Regional Revenue Protection Manager gave the assurance that such reports would not be ignored and the whistle blower would definitely receive his or her reward when the investigation confirm the illegality.

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