The sporting fraternity in the Krobo enclave has noted the readiness of football teams in the enclave to help reunite the Electricity Company of Ghana and its customers in the area.
Speaking to trustfmonline.com after one-day fun games organized by the power service provider in Somanya, Mr. Samuel Nartey known in the football circles as Coach Alos said participating teams for the games were happy for the get-together and fun.
According to him, the games will enhance the peace between Manya Krobo, Yilo Krobo and the ECG.
The longstanding impasse between the ECG and its customers in the Krobo areas is gradually dying off; an impasse that started mainly in May 2017, when some ECG customers in Kroboland alleged that some bill anomalies and service infractions had made their cost of electricity usage unfriendly.
Fast forward, 2021/22, heavy demonstrations and road blockages were included in some of the attempts made by the people to announce their displeasure on the above. Nonetheless, the part that caught public attention was the demonstration in which demonstrators threatened to resist the installation of prepaid meters for the area.
Further threats from some communities left ECG with no option but to resort to armed police protection coupled with personnel from the 49 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Army to provide technical assistance in installing the prepaid meters.
Actions and responses from all stakeholders in the last few years have left many to ask if there would ever be harmony between the parties.
Reclaiming the prestige attached to being an ECG staff in Krobo enclave, the company gathered teams for fun games on Saturday, 14 January 2023 at the Yilo Krobo Senior High School Park for competition and fun coupled with feasting and merry-making.
Some games and activities seen on the day were volleyball, table tennis, football, and draughts among others.
In the view of Coach Alos, the steps taken would encourage the players to influence their communities to build a harmonized relationship with the ECG.
“For ECG to use this medium to build good terms with its customers, we the teams and our players will begin talking to our communities, so we reconnect. I appreciate the ECG for organizing this day for us,” the Real Kpong United second division team coach said.
The ECG and the Military in one team, Kpogunor, Kpong, Akro, Somanya Police and Yikrosec were some teams that participated in the first edition.
The Acting District Manager, for the Krobo District of the ECG, Ing. Apawu Christopher noted the fun games will be rotated among communities in the district, with the next event expected to take off in Lower Manya Krobo or Asuogyman districts.
Ing. Apawu appealed to the customers to exercise patience as the company works hard to resolve the network situation that had left them stranded a few days ago.
Having won the football competition 5 – 3 on penalties against Kpong Real United, the ECG and Military team arose the euphoria with jubilation and singing of the military “moral” jama songs and chanting.
Also in attendance were the Public Relations Officer for Tema Region, ECG, Sakyiwaa Mensah, Vincent Loh, and some senior staff of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Armed Forces.