Agents of power distribution firms and some political actors are conspiring with residential power consumers to install illegal meters in homes, according to the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP).
In a virtual meeting, Kodzo Yaotse, ACEP’s Policy Lead for Petroleum and Conventional Energy, described the situation as widespread and costing the country over 1.3 million dollars.
“We have discovered that agents of the power distributors which includes sub-contractors, service providers and staff who distribute meters among others actively facilitate and even advise consumers on illegal connection and meter tamping for their private gains.
“Again, politicians were also discovered in the mix where they get the said meters from the Energy Ministry who procure this meters to share and connect households to the grid for electoral gains without the active involvement of the power distributing companies,” he said.
Mr Yaotse went on to say that the Centre’s discovery is just the “tip of the iceberg,” since the illegal act, which has cost the country millions of dollars, is being tracked all over the country.
To end this anomaly , ACEP is calling for an overhaul of the Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) distribution system, as well as active staff supervision.
“ECG should immediately take steps to regularize all meters and eliminate the damage once. They must also adopt a whistle-blower mechanism to support the detection of illegal connection in the system,” he suggested.