The Electricity Company of Ghana ,ECG has cut power supply to newly built Kejetia Central market due to accumulated bills, bringing activities at the market to a halt.
It was reported that traders at the Kejetia central market have not been paying electricity bills for the past five months, a situation which left ECG no choice than stop the supply of power to the market.
General Secretary for the Traders Reuben Amey, who confirmed the incident, described it as rather unfortunate. “At about 11:30 Wednesday morning, we just realized our lights are out only to realize that the ECG officials have cut the power because we owe them.” Reuben said.
There were claims that the traders at the market have been complaining about exorbitant they were asked to pay. They also said there is only one electric meter that connects about 7,000 stores in the market.
Further investigations revealed that the recent electricity bill which was brought in April amounted to GH¢435,000.
Chairman for Federation of Kumasi Traders Nana Prempeh further explained that “this is just the beginning of what we the leaders have been advocating. We have been sounding warning that there’s no sense in connecting 7,203 shops to one meter hence the distribution of the bill will be a problem. Now see what we are facing!”
Though the traders are going through intense heat amidst darkness due to the power cut, they believe this development is a sign to vindicate traders’ reasons for separate meters for each lockable shop.