A group calling itself Coalition of Krobo youth has promised to deploy 1000 youth from both Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo Municipalities to provide 24-hour security to ECG workers so the company could return operations to the area.
Addressing the media on Thursday in Somanya, the group said the intervention has become necessary because the security agencies – the Police and the National Intelligence Burea (NIB) – have failed to arrest the miscreants threatening ECG officials and stoking conflict between the residents and the power distributor.
Yilo and Lower Manya Krobo Municipalities have been plunged into the darkness since Monday, December 6, 2021, following the decision by ECG to shut down the feeders to the Bulk Supply Point (BSP) which supplies power to the two Municipalities.
ECG explains the decision became necessary due to illegal connections by unscrupulous people on their transformers increasing the load.
A statement issued by ECG stated that “in view of the ongoing interference in our network as a result of the scaling down of our operations in the Krobo area which was necessitated by the threat to our staff, ECG has decided to shut down the feeders at the Bulk Supply Point(BSP) directly feeding the Communities in order to protect our network, lives, and properties of innocent customers and the general public within the lower Manya and Yilo Krobo communities ”.
The feeders were switched off a few hours after the power distributor closed down its district office in Somanya over safety concerns.
Speaking during a media briefing by the Coalition, the convener Frederick Narh Okley appealed to ECG to restore power to the two Municipalities whiles engagement continue.
The group condemned the ultimatum issued by United Krobo Foundation for ECG to vacate the krobo area. They also described as an untrue statement that Krobos do not want to pay bills and do not want prepaid meters.
The group stated that the power cut to the two Municipalities is having a devastating effect on the people and businesses particularly cold stores, schools among others.
“The deployment of generator plants to Somanya polyclinic, Atua government hospital, and St Martin’s hospital at Agormanya confirms suspicions that the blackout is intentional. Ladies and gentlemen, traders, secondary schools, universities, and businesses are nearing the brunt of the blackout”.
The Coalition of Krobo Youth said the mistake by the few should not lead to punishment for the many law-abiding customers paying their bills regularly.
The group however called on the Police to arrest miscreants in the United Krobo Foundation failure to do so will force them to take the laws into their hands to deal with them.
Source: Starr FM