Public Urged to Volunteer Information on Power Infrastructure Bandits

Members of Parliament have made a passionate appeal to the public to volunteer information to help apprehend criminals who destroy strategic national installations and inadvertently halt the provision of essential services.
The appeal follows destruction of power transmission pylons belonging to the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) in Tema on Monday 25th March.
Reports indicate the pylon, which forms part of transmission chain that transmit power from Karpower, VRA and AKSA to the national grid, was partly sawn at the base and some corrosive liquid poured on it to fasten the process and when it came down fell on an adjacent tower.
This resulted in power interruptions to parts of Greater Accra including Dansoman, Kasoa, Swanlake and parts of Western and Ashanti regions.
Member for Tarkwa Nsuem constituency, George Mireku Duker, who read a statement on the incident, opined the intention of the perpetrators, was to cause pandemonium in the country, which almost succeeded because 180 megawatts was lost from the entire power generation systems.
Citing examples of destruction of electricity generation infrastructure and petroleum pipelines in Venezuela, Russia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Italy, Serbia, France and the USA among others, he stressed that a notorious power saboteur group named ‘Dragonfly’ and based in the US have consistently dismantled power installations around the world.
He said, “These examples should guide us to be informed of the trending calculated saboteurs who can practically cause mayhem in the power sector to infringe on the economic growth of our country.”
He urged the security agencies to intensify their investigation into the matter to bring the perpetrators to book and urged those living in and around Tema, Dawhenya, Afienya, Kpone, Ashaiman and Prampram to volunteer information on suspected individuals to the police.
According to him, GRIDCo has estimated the replacement of the two pylons to cost, GH¢500,000 (US$100,000), stressing the money could have been spent on other useful national needs.
He argued that Ghana must invest in technology to protect and safeguard all strategic national installations that provide essential services and to enable the power and water service entities to monitor all assets from a central location.
MP for Elembele, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Armah Buah, in his contribution noted that the House must be united in its condemnation of this act, pointing out that the electricity power sector is at the heart of survival of the nation.
According to him, political mischief and insinuations about the pylon destruction must stop because the NDC made significant investment in electricity and absurd to insinuate the party had anything to do with what happened in Tema.
He argued that the previous government has had to endure vandalization of power cables by criminals and therefore totally out of order for the majority to imply destruction of the pylons is an advantage to the opposition party.

By Osumanu Al-Hassn/

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