The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has intercepted a significant consignment of fake electrical meters at the Dabala Junction checkpoint in the Volta Region, totaling over 700 units.
The discovery came during a routine inspection of an Accra-bound Aflao bus on Sunday, where customs officers found the fake meters concealed in the luggage compartment, prompting immediate confiscation.
Ms. Christina Jatoe-Kaleo, the Volta Regional Manager of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), confirmed the incident and emphasized that only authorized entities like ECG, NEDCO, and the Ministry of Energy are permitted to import meters.
She warned against the severe consequences of engaging in such illegal activities.
“These substandard meters pose a significant risk, including the potential for fire outbreaks, overloading transformers, and causing technical losses,” Ms. Jatoe-Kaleo cautioned.
She urged customers to avoid purchasing unauthorized meters from third parties and instead visit ECG offices for legitimate services.
Additionally, she emphasized the importance of reporting individuals involved in the illegal trade of fake meters to ensure the sustainability of the electricity supply chain.
Ms. Jatoe-Kaleo commended the efforts of the GRA, Customs Division, and other security agencies for their support in combating the influx of counterfeit meters.
She also encouraged customers to utilize ECG's digital platforms for bill payments to facilitate a stable power supply.
The interception of these fake meters underscores the ongoing efforts to safeguard public safety and maintain the integrity of Ghana's electricity distribution system.