The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has extended electrical power supply to the Kporvi Police barrier in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.
The barrier, which was strategically sited in 1979 to buffer the people of Tsito and Peki, who were at war, has become a major entry checkpoint in the enclave but had languished over the decades without electricity.
Engineer Emmanuel Lumor, General Manager of the Company in the Volta Region, at a ceremony to commission the project, said it had cost its social responsibility allotment some GHC 100,000, and included some maintenance works on the Police post as security support towards the realisation of its vision of excellent customer service.
The Company also provided standing fans and other electrical appliances for use at the barrier facility.
“Our vision of making ECG Volta, the hub of excellent customer service which is in line with the corporate vision of “To be a financially sustainable and customer-focused energy service provider by 2024”, motivated the decision of ECG Volta Management to complete the project.
“The project, which is part of the company’s social responsibility towards its stakeholders, was completed at a cost of GHC 101,024.26.
“This project which includes a 50KVA transformer, poles, overhead cables, single-phase meter, installation of streetlights and minor renovation works of the duty post at Kporvi, will bring relief to security personnel who man the barrier and scores of commuters who ply the route by providing reliable power supply to illuminate the Kporvi enclave,” he said.
He said it was also to provide the environment with the needed power supply to attract investors and businesses and create job opportunities for the people of the Region.
He called for the continuous support of the public in fighting illegal connections, and other forms of power thefts had become key.
Mr. Lumor noted the commitment of Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, who had backed the project and provided more streetlights for the stretch.
Dr Letsa said it was a “vital installation”, and commended the “very hard work” of the ECG, which he said was a significant contribution to security in the area.
“Now the place will be well lit for police to do their duties in a safer environment”, he said, urging the police service to consider expanding its facilities there.
The Regional Minister also tasked the Ho West District Assembly to support the post and its personnel in the Region.
DCOP Edward Oduro Kwarteng, Regional Police Commander, said the post, which lay on the main Ho to Accra road, had proven useful in controlling the flow of arms and other contraband goods in the region and also helped intercept wanted, and trafficked persons.
He said the absence of electricity affected visibility and communication in the area, and that the ECG had responded to his request to secure the post with energy from the national grid, and which would ensure effective delivery at all times.
Source: Ghana News Agency
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