The Kejetia Traders Association’s PRO, Mr. Rueben Amer, has stated that approximately 8,000 stalls in the Kumasi City Market Limited use a shared Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) meter. This comes after traders requested individual meters at the market facility, which cost US$259 million.
In addition to the ECG meter load, traders also had issues with the billing system. The charges did not reflect their actual usage. The PRO stated that they understand the traders’ concerns and have discussed the issue with ECG. ECG has provided 2000 meters out of the 8000 requested by the traders.
He explained that the exercise would be done in three parts and the first part was to install 2000 meters out of the total 8000 requested. Before installing the meters, some preparatory work would be done such as putting up meter boards at each shop. Once this is done, the Energy Commission would certify the work and then ECG would install the meters.
Rueben said that the 2000 meters would not work properly because they could cause double billing for shop owners. The request for the meters came because shop owners were paying high electricity bills due to all the shops being connected to one meter. The exercise to install the meters will be completed by September 2024, and there will be a formal commissioning ceremony with stakeholders.
The ECG and Kumasi City Market Limited have agreed to provide 8000 prepaid meters to the market. The ECG’s PRO confirmed this and said they were working to meet the traders’ demands. The Managing Director of KCML could not be reached for comment.
On Wednesday of this week, the market suffered a devastating fire, the cause of which is still under investigation by the Ghana National Fire Service. This unfortunate event occurred just one week after the same market was inundated with floodwaters following a three-hour heavy downpour. Numerous traders were already reeling from the losses incurred during the flooding, only to be struck by yet another calamity.