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1 December 2006 | General News

Frequent power cuts enrage Accra residents

Residents of several suburbs of Accra are angry at the Electricity Company of Ghana over what they say are irritatingly too frequent and unscheduled power outages in their neighborhoods.

Residents in Laterbiorkoshie, Dansoman, Mallam, Sowutuom, Ashaiman, Tema, Legon and other parts of the capital sent several text messages as well as phone calls to Joy FM’s Super Morning Show complaining about the erratic power supply.

Many blamed the ECG for the breakdown of their electrical appliances.

From Dansoman, a customer said “These lights were off for four days, they came back on Saturday but before one could say jack the lights have started giving us these problems again. On Wednesday the lights went off at 6pm, it never came on till yesterday at 830pm and at dawn it went off again up till now (830am) we don’t have light.

“Each time you store anything the lights go off 24 hours, I mean during the day sometimes you don’t even have anything at home so you keep destroying and buying more. Our gadgets are all getting spoiled. Wednesday for instance they turned it on and off for about six times, it comes on in two minutes it goes back off. We are suffering. My baby for instance won’t sleep in the night, she will sweat and toss and turn, this thing has been going on for ages and I am surprised they haven’t been able to do anything about it till now.”

Another caller said she had given up chasing officials of the ECG to sit up to their responsibilities.

“We are at Mallam, New Gbawe and what they always do is to cut our supply any time they feel like doing it. It can be morning, afternoon, evening, anytime. Whether it’s our turn for the load shedding or whatever, Avenor keeps on telling me there is a problem with the transformer, they are changing, they will work on it that’s all they’ve been telling me. Nothing good is done, the power can just go off, in one minute it will come, then it will go off, that is the problem we are facing here.”

The Electricity Company of Ghana said there were varying reasons why specific areas in the capital suffered power outages. The Director in charge of Operations, George Tonto-Baffuor said the inability of the company to raise the needed funds to refurbish its equipment annually was the main reason.

He told Joy News that the company required $70 million yearly capital investments as a result of a backlog of investment shortfalls to enable the company deliver services to an ever increasing daily demand for power.

George Tonto-Baffuor said faults were largely responsible for most of the unplanned power cuts, which he attributed to its supplier, the Volta River Authority and said the problem was not a deliberate one.

He however rejected some of the complaints as exaggerated and told of plans to fix them.

“We accept some of the complaints but some of them are being exaggerated. We are doing a lot to improve the system. For instance Agyiringano, the main feeder which was feeding them was over-loaded. We last week Saturday commissioned a new line to improve their supply, unfortunately the new line is having a little problem but we know once the problem is fixed it will stabilise that area.”

He said there were other similar projects, including the supply of a new bulk supply point at Batsonaa, the provision of a new station to ease overloading at Ofankor and Ashaiman as well as the replacement of obsolete equipment at all primary stations in Tema and Accra.

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Jesse | 2/23/2014 10:28:00 PM

I feel sad about the power going out very often in Accra Ghana. I live in America and I have a girlfriend who lives in Accra. We send emails and we talk to each other on chatting as often as we can, but when the power goes off we can't communicate to each other until the power comes back on again. How long is the power going to be doing that, going off and on again? I want me and my girlfriend to talk to each other without interruption.


Werner Stocker | 7/27/2014 11:47:00 PM

There are a plane ore map where is the electricity on ore off so I see in Internet?


garry | 9/12/2014 10:59:00 PM

I have a girlfriend and she lives in ghana accra
I'm always talking too her .until she says there is a power cut I'm from the UK. .
I get worried about her


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Jane | 11/21/2014 11:53:00 PM

We have not had light for even straight four hours since monday. The light goes off for more than 24hours sometimes nearly two days then comes on for 30 minutes to 3hours. This is so disheartining. What a country we live in. You cant work nor sleep at night. The rich and the powerful have generators so we the masses suffer. Very sad.


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Elisabeth Johnston | 12/22/2014 9:18:00 AM

I am from Europe, in Tema visiting mu boyfriends familly and since I come every other day its light our here!! Its crazy! They tell me its going on foe years. These electrical companies are all corrupt! They are doing it on purpose to save money!


ian winter | 1/16/2015 10:17:00 PM

It is always the young babies that need. Power cuts. They are caused by workers want to strike. Or bad weather or the equipment is old and has never been maintained. I have a friend there and I know we like to chat. But this nonsense is st*p*d for why. Where is the government or what you rule is.what are the doing. Sort it


Connie | 1/27/2015 12:21:00 PM

This power cut thing is soo annoying I can't even work ,am a beautician and I need light for my work but this power cut is sucking away all my money I keep buying petrol for my generator , I work and use the money for petrol this is crazy the government must do something about it as soon as possible


José Isaac Montes | 2/7/2015 12:31:00 PM

I can't believe this situation is happening in Ghana, with so much technology and resources in this 21st centery.I mean are there any engineers out there that can light up a bulb in their brains.I live in Puerto Rico and we have the worst power grid in the island and in the United States and we always have electricity, power outages are rare and we live in a tropical zone were hurricanes are often and we always have electricity. Right now my girlfriend lives in Tema and it's very hard to communicate with her because of these power outages it's anoying and a lack of respect and consideration for the population of Ghana it seems to me that there is no life quality in this region, the government should privatize the electric company and fire all these morons that don't know how to produce electricity.


bella | 2/9/2015 8:51:00 AM

I don't know what is wrong with the light, Pls who ever is in charge should Pls put an end to this light off....


sana | 3/11/2015 11:49:00 AM

Now I live in Accra before month oh my GOD big shortage in electricity I from pakistan but there is big lakeing I am so confused how I live more with kids no water no electriccity


sharron | 3/21/2015 6:25:00 AM

my boyfriend lives in Ghana Africa I thought he was lying to me everyday the lights go out and they don't get them back on to the next day and I get so upset with him because I'm thinking he's lying to me what kind of country do the people like this Africa is a very rich country country what is the problem this is not good for the people is unhealthy and sanitized for the people how do these people take dogs how do they stay warm at night this is crazy


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Tammy | 4/14/2015 10:35:00 PM

I just visited Ghana for my first time and stayed 2weeks and most of the time i was there, the power was off and they have direct times to shut off so its obvious that its done on purpose and without concern. I've watched food spoil every day and its hard to run a business and the people of Ghana are lovely hard working people and are made to struggle just to live. Shame Shame on the government for the lack of sympathy for your own people!!!!


Wayne Landis | 5/8/2015 1:31:00 AM

I have a girlfriend there in Ghana Accra to me and chat everyday we I try to chat with her she won't respond back trying hard to get her way and move here were u am Jon that Tennessee


wayne landis | 5/8/2015 1:33:00 AM

If any one in Ghana Accra and knows stadia shy tell here I am fine


Michael smith | 9/27/2015 4:17:00 PM

My future wife is there my love of my life and why won't the United state help with this!! Problem !! I love her very much I know how you feel it's hard to be away from the one you love , but we are strong together and jan she leaving that place to come to me for our new life. I feel really sorry for everyone there and God bless you all


Michael smith | 10/27/2015 10:09:00 PM

What the hell is wrong with you guys with this dam power call the president of the United States to fix this sh*t or are you a bunch of st*p*d asses, I'm sure they will send real people from JEA there to fix something you guys just don't have a dam clue about stop making excuses


Martin | 1/31/2016 8:25:00 PM

I am dating a lady from Accra and yes it is frustrating, we can't talk on a daily basis, its been 9 days since I spoke to her!


Martin | 1/31/2016 8:27:00 PM

I am from the USA where this issue would not be tolerated!


Katie | 7/13/2016 12:36:00 PM

This is dumb stop messing with these people and give there power back I have a guy in accra and he been stressing how you guys take his lights for days and still today no lights in accra ghana so give these people there light back


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