This is the kind of country we have, isn’t it? Where new edifices are maintained so poorly that in a few years after they’re built, they become next to useless to the nation.
Look at all the pomp and pageantry that surrounded the unveiling of this stadium, yet here we are merely weeks later and it turns out they haven’t been paying their bills since construction commenced.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the Central region has disconnected the newly built Cape Coast stadium from the power grid for owing it Ghc 71,9792.56, in unpaid tariffs.
The disconnection is part of a larger exercise by the body in the region to retrieve monies owed it, and several other state institutions – the Universities of Winneba and Cape Coast included – have also been disconnected from the grid.
The initiative is spearheaded by workers of the company, and they say it’s to keep the company afloat, since they’re owed so much.
“The focus is that we need to collect as much as possible the amounts being owed there because the company is going through difficult times,” Michael Nyantakyi, deputy general secretary of the Public Workers Union told Joy Fm.
With increasing calls for the company’s privatisation, it seems a lot of the company’s woes lies right in the hands of government, who owes it insane amounts of money. The situation is by no means limited to the Central Region.