PDS leadership intact despite ECG takeover – Oppong Nkrumah
Information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said there will be no change in leadership as ECG takes over the management of power distribution in the country from PDS.
“I’m not aware of change in leadership at the firm. My understanding is that nothing changes, I do not have the understanding that there will be a change in leadership,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced that it has terminated its Private Sector Participation Transaction Agreements with Power Distribution Services (PDS) effective Wednesday, October 23.
A statement by the ECG stated that the company “has therefore assumed full operational and financial control of the electricity distribution business in the Southern Zone of Ghana with immediate effect.”
The statement also directed all customers and stakeholders to directly engage ECG in their normal business activities which include but are not limited to the following:
- Distribution of bills
- Bill reconciliation
- Revenue collection
- New Service connections
- Disconnections and reconnections
- Faulty meter replacements
- Network faults and repairs
- Network Operations, Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation.
- Complaints and fault reporting to the call centres
- Any other related services
In this regard, all payments in respect of power purchases and other related activities should take place at:
- ECG Regional and District Offices
- ECG existing Customer Service Centres
- ECG licensed vending stations
- ECG operated Cash Points
- ECG authorized Banks
The statement added that “all cheques issued in respect of power purchases and other related activities should be in the sole name of Electricity Company of Ghana Limited…all assets currently in the name of PDS revert to ECG with immediate effect and will be rebranded in accordance with the decision over the next few weeks.
On March 1, 2019, Ghana Power Distribution Services, Ltd. (PDS) assumed operation and management of the staff and assets of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) under a 20-year concession agreement.
According to the Millenium Challenge Compact, Private sector participation is a central reform under MCC’s Ghana Power Compact. This was critical to the long-term sustainability of related infrastructure investments and the financial recovery of the energy sector in Ghana.
The Compact comprised two tranches of funding: $308 million available upon the official start of the current Compact, and a second tranche of $190 million, which was available upon a successfully executed concession agreement, which the United States maintains occurred on March 1, 2019.