After being cut off on Wednesday, June 22, the New Kejetia Market has had power restored following a 20 percent payment of the GH¢5.2 million debt owed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Sources reveal the lights were restored at about 4:30 pm Tuesday, June 28, a situation that has obviously pumped life back into the market as commercial activities immediately bounced back.
The state-of-the-art market, which is also touted as the biggest market in West Africa, was taken off the national grid over huge debts that have accrued for 14 months.
Speaking earlier on Akoma FM’s current affairs and political show Ghana Akoma Tuesday, June 28, the Managing Director for the Market, Edmund Kofi Duffour, told host of the show Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “the lights will be restored before close of business because the service providers have assured after a commitment of 20 percent of the debt was paid”.
“We have been engaging the ECG and there has been a payment plan so we have issued post-dated cheque to cover parts of the debt, so we are on course and we are hopeful that the situation will be calm to ensure traders get lights to do business.”
Traders have been complaining several times, demanding for their separate meters to ensure proper management of the shops and bills but for some reasons the market Board, management and traders are yet arrive at a consensus.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kofi Duffour assures us that once the light is restored, the issues surrounding the separate meter acquisition will be dealt with in no time.