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Dumsor hits hard; ECG offices in darkness, customers stranded

The current state of power in the country is not one that gets many particularly excited due to the rather erratic nature of the supply of electricity to homes and offices across the country.

The dreaded “dumsor” appears to have taken center stage and continues to dominate conversations in every corner of town. While inconveniencing people at home by forcing many to sleep in heat while bearing the brunt of hungry mosquitoes, businesses appear to be struggling with the additional costs associated with purchasing fuel for alternative power sources.

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As bad as the situation may be for many, very few thought it could get much worse. It appears it has though, with dumsor now taking over offices of the same organisation responsible for electricity transmission in Ghana, the Electricity Company of Ghana – ECG.

ECG offices across the country, NewsWire GH gathers, have not been spared in this rather trying period. Their offices are equally experiencing major power cuts with customers who troop in to purchase power for use left stranded.

One such example is the ECG office at New Bortianor.

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A customer of the company, Eric Mensah-Ayettey has been lamenting the rather disturbing scenario at the office on social media citing the difficulty a number of customers are having to endure.

“I just left the Bortianor District of the Electricity Company of Ghana. My quest to buy electricity units/credit proved futile because there is dum in the whole of New Bortianor including the ECG office. Can you imagine?” he quizzed on Facebook.

He continued, “What beats my mind is that there is no standby generator to power even the computers that are used to dispense the electricity units/credits. About 20 customers, some of them have waited for over 3 hours, are still there waiting for ‘sor’ to buy their credits/units. Some managers!!! Mtcheeeeew!!!#ECG”

It will be recalled that the Ghana Grid Company limited had warned of more power cuts in the coming days as it works out a load shedding timetable with the Electricity Company of Ghana. But what was not stated in that communication was how the power distributor itself would be caught in a power crisis situation in its own offices.

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