Members of Grinding Mill Operators’ Association in Saboba in the Northern Region are threatening to hit the streets of the town on Friday October 29, 2016 over what they lament are exorbitant and abnormal electricity bills.
Alhaji Mohammed Jinga, Chairman of the association, told Top News Ghana in Saboba that for the past 12 months, each member of the association had paid a maximum of Gh¢ 300 a month for electricity but, of presence, the least a member pays monthly is Gh¢ 2,500. Meanwhile, Alhaji Jinga contends his members cannot even make Gh¢ 1,000 a month.
Checks by Top News Ghana’s Correspondent in Saboba, Mathias Licho, have revealed out of about 86 grinding mills in the town, only 3 are still operating because the rest have been disconnected due to their inability to pay their bills.
According to members of the association, they will hit the streets of Saboba on Friday if the Volta River Authority (VRA) – the supplier of the national grid and the District Assembly fail to do something about the situation.
Our checks have revealed that women have resorted to pounding and grinding on stones to feed their families.
A meeting sanctioned by the District Chief Executive of the area, Adolf Ali John to try and resolve the issue was aborted because the VRA representative failed to turn up. Meanwhile, the meeting has been rescheduled to Friday 29.
Until then, and that is if there will be a way out, women will have to continue to grind on stones or pound to be able to cook for their large families who depend largely on ‘Tuozafi’.
Saboba is predominantly a farming district with bad road network.
By Mathias Licho/www.topnewsghana.com/GHANA