Dumsor: ECG Cuts off Kejetia Market Due to GH¢70 Million Debt

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Dumsor: ECG cuts off Kejetia Market due to GH¢70 million debt. Learn about the impact on businesses and the community. Read more now!

Kejetia Market in the Ashanti region is once again cut off from the national power grid due to an outstanding debt of GH¢70 million owed to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). Since the disconnection occurred about a week ago, the market has been relying on an alternative power plant for its energy needs. Traders and customers have voiced concerns over the adverse effects of the power outage on the market’s operations.

One of the traders said, “Power has been disconnected to this facility, and the market is slow because people are not here to buy anything. We were here on Saturday and Friday and couldn’t make any sales. When the lights come on for some time, it goes off again because we rely on the generator set. It has been difficult for us.”

A customer also relayed concerns about safety saying , “The situation is making us scared because when the lights are off, some criminal elements will take advantage, and the heat is also unbearable.”

Nana Akwasi Prempeh, the President of the Federation of Kumasi Traders, highlighted that the layout of the market presents difficulties for customers to navigate in the absence of light, impacting their comfort and perception of the market’s safety.

“The structure of the market any time the light goes off takes about 30–50 minutes, people who enter into the market to buy our things complain. Some feel the place is too dark, some feel the place isn’t secure, others also feel that they cannot get the right things, and they cannot identify the exact commodity that they want to buy. So they don’t feel comfortable entering our market to buy something. In the long run, it affects us the traders.”

He further mentioned that the management of the market has had to resort to utilizing a power plant as an alternative source, albeit at a higher expense and encountering technical challenges that render the power supply unsustainable.

“Currently, the management engaged the leadership of the traders’ union that we cannot let the market be in darkness, so we had to rely on the plant. But it is also coming at a higher cost. Every six hours, we have to use four and a half barrels of diesel.”

Source: Citinews

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