As if the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has not shown us enough wickedness, they’ve announced a new load shedding exercise that is set to infuriate even the most docile of Ghanaians.
A new arrangement is set to see the ordinary Ghanaian go without electricity for 24 hours every other day. The old arrangement was for lights out for 12 hours out of every 48 hours.
The explanation is that the old time table was drawn with a deficit of 480 megawatts of power, but that a recent extra deficit of 140 megawatt has precipitated this new schedule.
There is so much wrong with letting Ghanaians go for twenty straight hours without power that I do not even know where to begin. Inasmuch as they need to conserve power in the face of these challenges, the comfort of the people of Ghana should be a primary concern for such a major service provider.
The old timetable was pretty much unreliable as well, but even that is preferable than having to go a whole day without power. Electricity is a major part of life now, and whilst one can adjust to 12 hours or even 10 hours of electricity a day, being asked to go 24 hours without it is criminal on the part of ECG.
What infuriates people most of all is that despite all the intermittent power cuts, electricity bills come at the end of the month and you are still billed at those exorbitant rates; it’s almost like they add all the periods without light to the final bill!
Docility is a big part of the Ghanaian personality, and that often contributes to us being taken for granted in regards to several issues. But at this point I feel ECG has been given enough leeway to mess up, and an arrangement such as this one cannot be allowed to stand.
The distinct lack of empathy on the part of those in charge in this country is baffling. Measures to correct issues caused by their own incompetence should not be this punishing on the ordinary Ghanaian.