Power Distribution Services (PDS) has disclosed that it has lost about GHc86 million in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality over the non-payment of bills by customers in the last five years.
The disclosure follows recent agitations by residents in the area who have refused to pay their bills on grounds that there was an existing agreement for them not to pay electricity bills.
General Manager for Tema Region, Joseph Mensah Forson, in an interview slammed a group by name, the United Krobo Foundation of influencing residents to resist PDS’ mass disconnection exercise due to unpaid bills.
“These actions by the customers in the district have caused the company serious challenges in its commercial activities and in effect, its finances and operations. Counting back from 2014 up to 2019, we are talking about close to GHc 86 million.”
In the claims that PDS was overbilling residents, he denied them and said the power company has never overbilled any consumer in the area but a clear case of accumulated Bills from over the years.
“The bills that they are talking about and they say they are overbilling; it is not overbilling per se. It is the terminologies that they are getting wrong,” he said.
He explained that the meters being used by the consumers were installed by the Ministry of Energy and “by the time that we were made aware to make sure we capture these customers, probably they may have enjoyed electricity for a year, two or three years.”
“So when you get that a year, two or three years bill… it is as a result of the residual years that the meters were not captured. That is what they actually project as overbilling,” Mr. Forson added.