President Nana Akufo-Addo has nominated Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama for appointment as the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
In a letter dated 13 May 2022, signed by the secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante and addressed to the Minister for Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the sector Minister in accordance with relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992), is to take necessary steps to regularise the said appointment.
Earlier in an internal ECG arrangement, the board of directors of ECG, in a circular numbered 2022/139, dated 12 May 2022 and signed by Cynthia Amartey, ECG director in charge of human resources, appointed Jones Ofori-Addo to act as MD until a substantive person is named for the position.
“All staff are expected to give him the maximum support in the discharge of his duties,” said the circular, copied to a list of personnel including directors, general managers, supervisors and the general secretary of the Public Utility Workers’ Union (PUWU).
Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama takes over from Kwame Agyeman-Budu who was similarly appointed as the managing director of Electricity Company of Ghana, on 3 November 2019, having served as its deputy managing director earlier.
Agyeman-Budu, took over from Engineer Samuel Boakye-Appiah, who was directed to vacate the post after serving for almost three years.
75 years of power
The Electricity Company of Ghana is a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Ghana. It was incorporated under the Companies Code 1963 in February 1997.
It launched as the Electricity Department on 1 April 1947 and became the Electricity Division in 1962.
Before becoming ECG, as it is now called, the Electricity Department was turned into Electricity Corporation of Ghana in 1967 by NLC Decree 125.
In July 1987, the Volta River Authority set up the Northern Electricity Department (NED, now NEDCo), which took over from ECG responsibility for the management of electrical power distribution in the Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
ECG is responsible for distribution of electricity in nine operational divisions covering the southern part of Ghana – namely, Accra East, Accra West, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Tema, Volta, Western and sub-transmission – which are further decentralised into 88 operational districts.