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US Embassy receives and pay bills but there were distortions...PUWU

Written by  May 18, 2017
The Public Utilities Workers Union of TUC Ghana has reiterated that, per their records, the US Embassy in Ghana is not indebted to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong sit in host on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Lawyer Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi, General Secretary PUWU rubbished assertions that they have refused to bill the US Embassy. The US Embassy in a series of tweets said “the U.S. Embassy in Ghana has not refused to pay any electricity bills. We have been asking for official bills for embassy-managed facilities for more than 2 years so we can issue correct payments. The embassy has set aside funds for electricity, and we will continue to work with the ECG to get correct bills so we can pay.’’    But, Mr. Nyantakyi says the US Embassy is a reputable establishment which must show concern when they are not billed, however, we are reiterating the same fact that, the US Embassy get and pay their bills.’’ In an explanation, he said, the US Embassy have two major accounts with a monthly bill of GHc 700,000 and they have been receiving and paying their bills. He stressed that ‘’the US Embassy demands bills and ECG has provided the Embassy with bills to date, and the US Embassy does not owe ECG in terms of bills.’’ He revealed, the ECG changing their first software to the current one, it brought about some anomalies and some of the problems affected the group account of US Embassy and that is what they have been trying to solve with ECG. ''When ECG moved from the old software to the new one, everybody was complaining...the bills the US Embassy is contesting are not the former bills for which they have set money aside waiting for the reconciliation to pay, is just around that issue and not a constant running bills that they don't pay.That is not the situation. I am telling you on record, they have fully paid on their major account and its about GHc700,000 a month, they have fully paid as at the end of March 2017. The problem is with their group account and as they try to get some aspect corrected, even there,  they have paid the group account; apart from the one in dispute, they have paid up till February 2017.'' He further chided the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko for casting ECG in bad light. In his view, the Minister could have consulted the ECG before coming public with the issue.    According to him, the power provider is only being given a bad name so it is hanged later. ''ECG have challenges and those challenges are being rectified but it will be hypocritical to say that the challenges were caused by recklessness on the part of ECG.''       
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