Tuesday, June 1, 2010

POWER CUTS MAY OCCUR...During World Cup (PAGE 31, JUNE 1, 2010)

THE Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) cannot guarantee uninterrupted power supply during the World Cup, Mr Erasmus Baidoo, Public Relations Manager in charge of the Ashanti Region, has said.
 “It is not our intention to put off power during the tournament but we must all know that anything can happen.
“We, however, pray that all goes on well,” he told the Graphic Daily in Kumasi yesterday.
 Mr Baidoo said much as the company would wish there were no power interruptions during the tournament so that fans could watch all the matches, the threat of power failure at any point in time could not be completely ruled out.
 A number of football fans have, through the media, cautioned the ECG against power outages during the World Cup, especially when Ghana are playing.
 Some have even vowed to march to the premises of the company to demonstrate against any such power cuts.
 According to them, recent erratic power supply poses a threat to the fans getting the opportunity to watch all the matches.
 Mr Baidoo admitted the importance Ghanaians attached to football, especially when Ghana plays in a big tournament like the World Cup.
 He said supply and installation went together to provide power, and when there was a problem with any one of them, there was bound to be interruptions.
 Currently, the ECG is having challenges with its installations, as some of the equipment has become obsolete.
 Mr Baidoo said some criminals had also resorted to the stealing of cables and, therefore, called on the public to help the ECG apprehend such unscrupulous people to ensure constant power supply.

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