The Electricity Company of Ghana in the Western Region has disconnected a washing bay from the national grid. The washing bay that was recently constructed is situated under ECG pylons around Tadisco in the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality thereby exposing workers of the washing and customers as well as nearby persons to danger.
Speaking to NANA AMA BOADUWA, during the disconnection exercise , the Western Regional Public Relations officer of ECG, Ben Quarcoo revealed that one can be electrocuted if the washing bay is left to operate ; “..the pylons generate a good source of conduction with electricity so somebody might end up electrocuted and we don’t want something like that to happen so we have taken the steps to disconnect them from the main line until we take steps to bury the cable and until that is done we won’t allow them to operate..” added the ECG PRO.
He explained that, the cost of burying the cables will have to be borne by the owner of the washing bay and said the dangers are grave for customers and the workers; “…those washing the cars and if the spray gun should spray the water up there it and since it is a good conductor of energy so can electrocute those around if the water even touches any metal ..” he revealed.
The Western Regional Engineer of ECG , Ibrahim Yakubu revealed that some verbal reports were lodged with ECG upon construction of the washing bay ; he said some short term and long term measures will be adopted to save lives ; “..we will ensure that those that are too dangerous will be taken off and in the long term we will discuss it a bit further as some people in that enclave use the services and may not all of a sudden be humane to cut them off..” ; the ECG Regional Engineer opined.
The enclave is being inhabited by squatters under high tension pylons and the said washing bay is purported to have obtained an ECG meter for the washing bay under false pretenses to operate a well which later turned out to be a washing bay. There are question marks over how the washing bay obtained a permit from the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Authority (STMA) without checks with the ECG and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ? Checks at the newly created district, Effia Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA), show no license has been……