GRIDCo Staff Bare Teeth

Raphael Kornor

Staff
of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) have threatened to embark on a sit down strike
and subsequently impress on the management of the power generator to cut power
supply to customers indebted to it, which includes the Electricity Company of
Ghana (ECG).

The
action according to the staff association is necessitated by the failure of the
companies to fulfill their debt obligations which is crippling the activities
of GRIDCo.

Speaking
at a press conference in Accra, National Chairman of Staff Group of GRIDCo,
Raphael Kornor, said the indebtedness was not only affecting energy generation but
is having a toll on the efforts of the company to continuously maintain its
equipment.

He
revealed that as at March 1, 2019, ECG’s outstanding debt to GRIDCo stood at
GH¢607 million and another GH¢94,204,903.17 while VALCO owed it
GH¢32,567,974.05 and NEDCo’s debt stood at GH¢177 million as at September 30,
2019.

Mr.
Kornor indicated that the unavailability of funds to the company had forced it
into rationing fuels for their staff’s travel for maintenance works while hoteliers
have refused to make their facilities available to staff who travel for work
due to their indebtedness.

He
added that government had also not paid some GH¢250 million requested by the
management of GRIDCo while it took steps to raise bonds to settle the legacy
debt in the energy sector although the president had directed the Ministry of
Finance to release the money.

“The
first Energy Sector Levy Act bond which was raised by this present government
in 2017/2018, our sister company, the VRA had over $550 million to settle their
indebtedness with the banks but not a dime was given to GRIDCo to offset the
ECG and VALCO indebtedness to us,” Mr. Kornor lamented.

He,
therefore, called on government to as a matter of urgency settle the ECG and
VALCO indebtedness to GRIDCo which he says has stalled some new projects being
undertaken by the company.

He
said if government failed to settle the debts, then they would be left with no
choice but to embark on an industrial action, beginning with treating all
emergency works as normal work within the normal working hours.

The
association said if by close of work on December 4, the debts were not cleared,
they would embark on a sit down strike and impress upon
their management to cut power supply to all customers which are indebted to it.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak



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