Juapong ECG cautions public on network interference

Juapong District Manager, Ing. William Ahenkorah
Juapong District Manager, Ing. William Ahenkorah

The Juapong district of the Electricity Company of Ghana, under the Tema Region has cautioned the public to desist from interfering on the network of the power distributor as such interferences pose threats to both the company, customers and the public as a whole.

This caution came as a result of the district discovering that a 200KVA transformer situated at Asikuma, a town under its jurisdiction, has suffered a burn out of the fuse protecting the transformer. This discovery was on Saturday, 18th May 2024. It has come to the notice of the Company that some people, possibly electricians who are not staff of the company constantly interfere with the distribution network, especially in times of outage, in a bid to restore supply. This, however, is dangerous as these persons will not be privy to the uniqueness of the network design for that particular area.

The Juapong District Engineer, Ing. Rejoice Garfo sounded this caution on a stakeholder WhatsApp platform for those within the district. She pleaded that “if such interferences are not stopped, the entire transformer could get damaged”, adding that “in such an instance, the customers will likely remain without supply for a while until a new transformer is installed”.

The Juapong District Manager, Ing. William Ahenkorah added that “these transformers cost the company a lot of resources to be replaced, which means resources meant for other projects will have to be redirected to replacing the damaged tranformers.” He added that “these situations burden the financial operation of the company.”

Ing. Ahenkorah also cautioned that before any part of the distribution network is worked on, the team to work on it ensures that power is off where necessary. This, he said, “is to avoid accidents, injury and possible death.” “Imagine then, if an unauthorised person decides to work on the network because of an outage, and then the network gets energised. This can lead to loss of life. ”

Ing. Ahenkorah is therefore cautioning the customers and the general public to please report all issues concerning power supply, outage, and related problems to the ECG for resolution, rather than taking chances on their own.


Source: Daily Mail GH

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