Consumers have been denied service at various offices of the Electricity of Company of Ghana (ECG) as the strike declared by workers of the company enters its third day.
The aggrieved workers began a sit-down strike on Wednesday, August 24 to protest a planned privatization of the power distribution company.
Government’s $500 million indebtedness which constitutes between 60-70 percent of all ECG’s debts has been identified by the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU) as a cause of the company’s financial struggles.
Despite its high indebtedness to the company, government has insisted the privatization of the ECG will improve efficiency after persistent public dissatisfaction about the quality of service.
Think tank group, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, has led calls for privatization of at least 50 percent of the power distribution company
The group said privatisation would bring about competition in the sector which will, in turn, bring about efficient service.
But workers of the Company have vehemently opposed this move, fearing it might cause them to lose their jobs after at least five years of the concession.
They believe the privatization is part of a set of conditionalities given government by the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation.