GRA Intercepts Smuggled Prepaid Meters

Some of the impounded meters

THE GHANA Revenue Authority (GRA) has impounded quantities of prepaid meters in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

The security agents, perhaps working on a tip-off, impounded a big bus at Asafo Labour in Kumasi last Friday.

Reports making rounds indicated that the bus was heading to Aflao, and it was stuffed with the illegal items.

In all, about 117 news prepaid meters and their compartments were seized from the Aflao-bound vehicle.

The matter has since been reported to the police in Kumasi, and they have started investigations.

The paper, however, is not aware of the number of people that have been arrested in connection with the meters so far.

But sources said definitely people who have a hand in the smuggled prepaid meters would surely be dealt with.

Meanwhile, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have condemned the smuggling of prepaid meters into the country.

The ECG spokesperson in the Ashanti Region, Grace Garshong, said such acts adversely affect ECG’s delivery.

Smuggled meters, she said, are not on ECGs records, so they (ECG) are not able to bill owners of such meters after using power.

According to her, the ECG has continually complained about how smuggled prepaid meters were affecting their operations.

“And the seizure of these prepaid meters in Kumasi is a sign that indeed smuggled prepaid meters are worrying us,” she said.

Grace Garshong urged the public to always deal with the ECG when searching for prepaid meters to avert problems.

BY I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr

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