Low voltage hits Manhean, Afuaman *Residents angry at PDS!

 

For the past three-and-a-half months, residents of Manhean and Afuaman in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, have been reeling under the weight of low voltage.   

A situation, Today understands, has been causing low and high current in the homes of residents almost on daily basis with its associated consequences.

Speaking to some visibly worried but livid residents, they described the situation as a mixed bag of frustration and anger.

In their view, they cannot fathom why the power distribution company—Power Distribution Service (PDS)—formerly Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)—would abandon them for the past three-and-a-half-months, despite several urgent complaints to the power distribution agency.

They lamented the damage caused by the low and high current to their electrical appliances including refrigerators, television sets, computers, air conditioners, ceiling and standing fans among others.

“In the wake of this low and high current my fridge, TV set and computer have suffered permanent damages.  Now my family cannot even watch TV,” Yaw Yeboah, a resident of Manhean, bemoaned.

In the case of especially bulbs, the residents told Today that they are compelled to buy new ones to replace those that get damaged due to the power fluctuation problem in the area.

According to them, the situation becomes worst, especially in the evening, stressing that most parts of Manhean and Afuaman experience total darkness because of low voltage.

Furthermore, some artisan workers in the area including welders, fridge repairers, corn and flour millers whose work depend largely on electricity, also intimated that they were equally bearing the brunt of the low voltage.

A welder at Manhean, Nii Aryee, complained bitterly that there are days he could not use his welding machine to do any job. In such cases, he said those who bring their jobs to him take them elsewhere.

Scores of the residents also explained that the unstable power in the area was eating into their pre-paid credits.

According to them, their pre-paid credits suffer anytime the area experiences low voltage.

More so, Today gathered that what was irking the residents most was the fact that a three-phase power transformer installed around MAB Clinic, a private clinic at Manhean, had been damaged for almost three-and-a-half months with no attempt by the power distribution agency to fix the problem.

And though a new one was just installed a few days ago, the residents averred that they have no inkling when it would be powered to serve homes connected to this transformer.

Consequently, they warned that should the problem persist they would be left with no option than to march to the Ablekuma PDS substation at Fan Milk to demand answers from the authorities on why their issue has not been fixed.

Furthermore, they called on PDS to come and rescue them from what many Manhean and Afuaman residents described as worse than dumsor (intermittent power outages).

 

 

Story & Picture: Ato KEELSON & George OBENG, INTERN

Writer’s email: denniskeelson@yahoo.co.uk & kaizer4u@yahoo.com

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