Enough of the destruction!
About a month ago, I wrote about the rift between the Electricity Company of Ghana and residents of Somanya in the Yilo Krobo District and asked the parties involved to resolve their differences amicably.
But just when I thought the tension was easing, I read the news report about how some residents have decided to vent their spleen on electric poles belonging to the service provider.
This development is unfortunate and makes some of us wonder whether, indeed, the people are listening to the plea by management of the company and that of their own traditional authority.
We are told the area has been without electricity, since July 27, 2022, due to the decision of the ECG to cut power to the area following actions by a section of the people not to allow the company to replace their postpaid meters with prepaid ones.
However, the chiefs and the people of the District recently appealed to the ECG to restore power supply to the area to enable residents to go about economic activities but I ask how power can be restored when “faceless” persons go about cutting down the same poles that are supposed to supply power to the area.
I wish to state that citizens cannot continue to take the law into their own hands, no matter the level of their grievances. We are told some of the poles have been replaced but that will certainly come at a cost to the service provider.
If these unfortunate incidents continue to happen, I fear the chiefs and people of the area would have a lot to do in order to restore their waning reputation. I think the residents have expressed their anger well enough and it is time the lawlessness was stopped as the matter is being resolved.