Ghana telcos named for non-payment

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s largest mobile telecom operator, MTN, together with two other players, Airtel and Vodafone, have been cited in a documentary meant to expose big companies that have defaulted in the payment of electricity bills since November 2011.  Several big companies including the country’s three network providers were named for defaulting in the payment of electricity bills to the tune of over GhC 400 million.

Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, as part of his investigative work, looked into the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to get to the bottom of the  alleged corrupt practices perpetuated by officers of ECG. 

Companies from the banking and telecoms sector amongst others were implicated in the piece, which alleged most of them had not paid as at November 2011. According to the documentary, MTN owes about GH¢ 349,811. 19 in total debt at its Accra West, Kumasi West and Tema outfits.

In a telephone conversation with BiztechAfrica, a member of the communication team of Airtel confirmed having seen the documentary which indicts their Airtel Ghana, but refuse to comment furthers on the issues.

Information gathered also indicates that Airtel would be holding a press briefing sessions with selected editors of media houses in the country within this week. But it is not certain whether the issue of bill evasions will be discussed.

However the Corporate Affairs Manager of MTN, Cynthia Lumor, in an interview monitored by Biztechafrica told Citi Business News that MTN has no outstanding electricity bills.

She said “we have done a quick check since we listened to the report and we don’t have past due reports from our records. The only outstanding bills that we have are bills that were received in the last six weeks or so, we then have to reconcile and then process payment once there is no dispute over the bill.”

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