Investigative documentary catches corrupt Electric Company of Ghana officials on tape
A new investigative documentary by Anas Aremyaw Anas of Tiger Eye Investigations caught members of staff from Electricity Company of Ghana red-handed accepting corrupt payments for electricity meters in a soon to be released documentary.
The investigations by Anas and the team from his Tiger Eye Investigations Company, also exposed about 354 private and state enterprises that had for various reasons failed to settle their electricity bills, totalling about Gh¢172 million as of November 2011.
Some ECG employees with their official identity tags around their necks were clearly seen in the recording engaging in illegal meter sales and receiving money from members of the public who appeared to be desperately in need of electricity billing meters.
Though the official prices of single-phased meters range between GH¢80.50 and GH¢92.50, some employees and illegal middle-men popularly known as Goro Boys were spotted in the video selling the same for between GH¢250 and GH¢650 depending on the area where the unlawful transactions took place. And three-phased meters that officially go for between GH¢100 and GH¢170 were being sold between GH¢800 and GH¢1500.
One ECG official who was caught extorting money from a member of the public was heard telling him, “You say you want a meter and you brought GH¢50.00. It is GH¢500.00. You think getting a meter in one week is a joke, and which meter can GH¢50.00 buy? Have you seen a GH¢50.00 meter before? You are not serious.” This particular official succeeded in selling the meter for GH¢500.00 while another officer sold one for GH¢600.00.
The Tiger Eye investigations also uncovered various acts of malfeasance involving not only staff of ECG but some corporate bodies and private individuals who connived with some employees of the ECG to engage in several illegal modes of sabotaging electricity revenue.
These included meter tampering, where some workers at ECG altered the bills (reducing the amount to be paid) of companies and individuals. Others do what is technically known as bypassing, which joining two main wires together for power, thus practically stopping the meter from recording the amount of power used for accurate billing.
A source at Tiger Eye told The Mirror that Anas' investigations followed the concerns raised by the President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, about the poor services offered by the ECG. The three-part video recording will be aired on various television stations from Wednesday, January 18, according to the source.