VRA/NEDCo staff withdraw essential services due to relentless attacks by Tamale residents

Regional news for Thursday, March 10, 2022

Source: 3news.com

NEDCo workers in 2021 withdrew their services for the same reasons

The Volta River Authority (VRA) Senior Managers Association in the Northern Region has cut some essential services effective Thursday, March 10.

This decision is the result of continuous attacks on their staff by customers in the metropolis of Tamale.

A statement signed by NEDCo Senior Staff Association President William Asare said that on Tuesday, March 8, a group of employees including casuals participated in a disconnection exercise in Koblimagu, a suburb of Tamale, and were attacked and macheted by residents.

He further said that another Loss Control Unit staff member was assaulted and his mobile phone was seized and vandalized during a routine surveillance exercise.

According to Asare, the attacks were also reported to management and the police.

It will be recalled that Tamale staff had to withdraw some services in September 2021 following similar attacks and vandalism of the Tamale office by some youths.

Staff have resumed full service after several engagements and assurances from the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), Chiefs, Assembly Members, Opinion Leaders regarding the safety of VRA/NEDCo staff.

Mr. Asare disclosed that VRA/NEDCo was losing 45% or around GH¢8.4 million of electricity sales on a monthly basis in the metropolis of Tamale alone due to electricity theft.

He said VRA/NEDCo staff see their lives being constantly threatened and attacked, so it is not safe for them to go out and do their jobs.

Michelle J. Kelley