The Bolgatanga Magistrate court has handed a 15 months jail term to a resident for electricity power theft and failure to pay a fine.
Asagedingo Akapoe was put before the court by the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) for failing to pay an amount of GH¢ 8525.82 both in fine and outstanding debt.
The court presided over by His Worship Hakeem Osman sentenced Akapoe after he failed to pay the said amount to NEDCO.
Speaking in an interview with TheNewsGh.com, Head of Customer Service at NEDCO Bolgatanga Operational Area, Alhaji Abdullai Danjinma said the decision to resort to court actions was necessitated due to the refusal and in some cases failure of some customers of the company to render their financial obligations in terms of payment of bills.
“For some time now we have been running around to collect our monies from our customers and some of the customers have been very stubborn. They don’t want to pay until you take them to court and so for some time now we have been doing it. We went first to Bawku and then to Navrongo. We were also in Walewale where two people were also sentenced but they paid and were released” he said.
He further noted that NEDCO is adopting stringent measures including disconnections to enable the company recover debts owed it by customers.
Alhaji Danjima disclosed that a bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of some other defaulting customers in the Bolgatanga area while stating that “We will continue to go after everyone who owes us and collect our monies”.
The Northern Electricity Company (NEDCO) earlier this month cut power supply to the Navrongo campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) over GH¢3.4 million debt owed the company and the Bolgatanga Polytechnic for owing some GH¢ 1.2 million.