There was total darkness at the New Kejetia Market in the Kumasi Metropolis of the Ashanti Region after the Electric Company of Ghana disconnected power to the facility.
A trusted Sources at the Market told OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng that Power was cut to the area on Wednesday October 12, 2021 at about 11 a-m
The Power cut brought commercial activities to a standstill as the traders were not only plunge into darkness but intense heat as well
Confirming the move, the Public Relations Officer for ECG in the Ashanti Region, Erasmus Kyere Baidu said Kumasi City Markets Limited,(KCML), Managers of the facility owed ECG huge sums of Money.
He added that managers of the market owed six months areas of light bill.
While Mr Baidu decline to tell this reporter the exact amount owed by the facility, a source at the Market disclosed that KCML has defaulted in paying over 2million Ghana cedis in the last 6 to 7 months
Erasmus Kyere Baidu noted that the disconnection is to cause ‘discomfort to the administration’ in order for them to pay the accumulated bills.
At the time OTEC News visited the facility Wednesday afternoon, Traders had switched on their mobile phone lights as they went about their daily routines
Traders at the newly built Kejetia Market June 2021 suspended payments of bills, service charges, and other monthly tariffs to protest failure on the part of management to provide individual meters to shop owners.
Chairman for Petty Traders Association Nana Prempeh describes the abrupt power cut as worrying.
He called on the management to as a matter of urgency solve the problem as it poses security threat to the traders.