The Northern Regional Office of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has sent final demand notices to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region to settle their water bills by the close of this week or risk disconnection and subsequent prosecution.
According to the Northern Regional Management of the company, the directive by the Ministry of Finance in its guidelines for the preparation of the 2014-2016 budget that all MMDA’s should make sufficient budgetary allocations for the payment of their bills had not been complied with leading to huge debts owed the GWCL.
In a statement issued on Tuesday to the media in Tamale, the Northern Regional Communications Officer of the GWC, Nii-Abbey Nicholas said with the implementation of the High Impact Performance Improvement Programme (HIPIP) by the top management of GWCL, from April 2015 all MMDA’s and domestic customers who owed the company would have to clear their arrears before they can enjoy water supply from the company.
He said in all, the total amount owed the company in the Tamale Metropolis in particular was over Ghȼ5 million as of the end of March this year.
According to him, all those involved in illegal connection of water and meter by-pass to their homes should be ready for prosecution once they are arrested.
Nii-Abbey Nicholas further indicated that in the interim “we are going for our water arrears and bills like a wounded lion” together with the various security services, including the military and the police.
He added that the onus lies on Heads of second-cycle institutions and district chief executives to negotiate payments of their arrears for the period, from last year January to December.
The Regional Communications Officer added that as part of efforts to ensure early and accurate payment of bills, the GWCL would install more domestic and commercial water meters at all those establishments and the MMDA’s later this month.