The University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa in the Western Region has up to the end of October raise GH₵1.1million to settle its bills owed the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to prevent being cut off from the national grid.

The school has since January 2014 not been paying its electricity bills resulting in the huge amount that has accumulated over the months.

One of the halls of the school, Gold Refinery Hall which is located outside the main campus of UMaT, has been disconnected for unpaid electricity bills during the company’s mass disconnection exercise in the mining town last Wednesday.

The Public Relations Officer of ECG, Western Region, Osei Bonsu, told in an interview Tuesday that the power selling company will have no option than to disconnect the school from the national grid if it fails to pay its bill at the end of October.

“From January 2014, the UMaT has been indebted to the ECG. We have been engaging them over the period but nothing positive has come out of it. So, we have decided to give them ultimatum for them to pay and if we don’t see any signs of positiveness, we have no option than to disconnect them,” he noted.

According to Bonsu the decision to disconnect the school follows a directive from the government for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to pay their own utility tariffs.

During the week long mass disconnection exercise in the ancient mining town, ECG, the PRO said, was able to realize GH₵200,000 from companies and individual customers that were indebted to it.

He said the ECG will continue with its revenue collection drive from all state institutions as well as companies and individual customers.

The war against illegal connection will also be vigorously pursued to further reduce their system losses.