Authorities of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) have been given a period of two weeks to settle an amount of GH₵46 million cedis owe the Northern Electricity Distribution Company. The revenue mobilization taskforce led by the Managing Director of NEDCo, Mr. Osmani Aludiba Ayuba last week visited the hospital to demand payment of the debt.
The electricity distributor from Tuesday April 18, 2023, began chasing some of its customers particularly public institutions such as the Tamale Teaching Hospital among other big organizations who have defaulted in paying their bills.
The NEDCo Managing Director in his interaction with management of TTH said consumers such as the hospital expect the company to provide very stable and reliable power.
“As we speak you owe NEDCo to the tune of 46 million cedis, this is new Ghana cedis, I don’t know how to express it in the old Ghana cedis but I am sure it will go into trillions” he said.
“For a company like NEDCo to have a customer, just one customer, owing to a tune of 46million cedis; and what is worse is that we don’t see any effort on your part to pay for these services. We have to bring to your notice that if this continues it will get to a point that we can no serve you as a customer and I don’t know how you will ran your business” Mr. Ayuba emphasized.
The Director of Administration at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Mr. Emmanuel S.K Donkor (Esq) in his response stated the institution is not mandated to pay electricity bills from their coffers, adding however that it is being paid for by the government.
“As far as I am aware – I think last month or so, we were asked to forward our bills and we did same. So, the thinking is that, this figure that you have even mentioned, it used to be more than that” he stressed.
Meanwhile, NEDCo before embarking on the mass revenue mobilization said it owes the Volta River Authority (VRA), GRIDCo among other suppliers about GH₵2 billion. On the other hand, electricity consumers also owe the company about GH₵1.2 billion.