The Power Distribution Service (PDS) has urged the public to collaborate with its field workers when they engage on official duties. The plea follows an attack on a PDS field worker who was working on a faulty line at Kokrobite in the Greater Accra Region by a resident.
Some parts of Accra in the past weeks have experienced power outages and residents in some of the affected areas have expressed frustrations with the situation.
The Public Relations Officer for the Accra West region of the PDS, Fred Baimbill – Johnson who narrated the incident to Citi News said the victim was attacked while on duty.
“Last Saturday, we had a call that some parts of Kokrobite had a power outage. So we went there to check what the problem was. While checking on the problem, we realized that a tree interfering with our lines. So our technical men went to cut down that tree.
While they were cutting the tree they saw a man approach with a young girl and they told them not to come close because there were branches falling. So I think it didn’t go down well with him. So he got into an argument with the team and one of the cutlasses used to cut the tree, he took it and threw it. So while everyone was running, one of our technical men fell and he cut him while he was on the ground.”
“To us, what we are calling for is more collaboration. We’re asking the public to realize that we will want them to have more power . Such instances only make it certain rage and makes it difficult to go into the communities to work”, he added.
Some workers of the Power Distribution Service (PDS) were attacked at Kokrobite in Accra as they worked to restore power to the area. One of the staff sustained a cutlass wound on his nose and was taken to the hospital Saturday, a communications consultant at the Energy ministry, Nana Damoah noted on Facebook.
However, it is unclear what triggered the attack on the PDS staff. He indulged Ghanaians and consumers of power to”be a bit more considerate in their actions. Yesterday, as staff of PDS/ECG worked to restore power to residents around Krokrobite, they were attacked and beaten. One of the men working to restore power sustained a cutlass wound on his nose. This is very unfortunate”.
Over the past weeks, most parts of the country have been experiencing a blackout, which has gained a popular local name as “Dumsor”. The power fluctuation and the resultant surge affected the Kpong Hydro station resulting in a shutdown and an automatic restart of the facility.
Meanwhile, PDS, the new owners of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), has assured that it receives enough power to distribute to Ghanaians.