The project aims to replace all prepaid meters that use cards, where credit had to be loaded onto the cards, and the cards had to be swiped in the meter before the credit could be loaded for use. The new meters, known as smart prepaid meters, work such that once customers buy credit, it will be loaded directly onto the meter, as they do not use any such cards.
Speaking on this to Citi News, the Tema Regional PRO for the Power Distributor, Ms. Sakyiwaa Mensah, indicated that “the project will cover customers using older versions of prepaid meters within the Tema Metropolis, Prampram, Afienya, Nungua, and Ashaiman areas.” She also added that these replacements do not cost the customer, even if it will include possible re-routing.
Mr. Nii Kwei Codjoe, who is the Marketing Officer for ECG Tema Region, speaking on the same program, encouraged customers to be alert and not succumb to any possible fraud issues as “unscrupulous people often call unsuspecting customers whenever such projects are being worked on, in an attempt to cause fraud.”
He stated that ECG does not accept payments in the field, adding that the organization has actually gone cashless and that all transactions must be made digitally to the organization and not physically.
It will be recalled that customers of ECG were previously using postpaid meters, which were then changed to prepaid meters.
Asked why the need to change from prepaid meters to another type of prepaid meters, the ECG Team indicated that as technology is growing and changing, the company is positioning itself to change with the times, adding that the smart prepaid meters being deployed will also bring more convenience to customers as instances of missing cards and a need to replace these cards will be a thing of the past.
The ECG Team further appealed to the general public to be receptive to their field workers, to question them if indoubt, and to demand to see ID cards where necessary.