The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has dragged the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) to court over its verdict that the ECG should pay 22,000 Euros compensation to Jubilee Radio, an FM station in Keta in the Volta Region.
This followed PURC’s order that the ECG pay the amount as the cost of the transmitters of the station which were damaged during a high voltage surge that occurred in Keta when a bus drove through the ECG’s lines on September 13, last year.
However, the ECG, in a writ filed at the High Court, firmly stated that the purported order issued by the defendant against it in favour of Jubilee FM was unlawful, perverse, unreasonable and thereby null and void and ought to be set aside.
It is also seeking a declaration that the order dated July 16, 2010 is unlawful and therefore null and void.
A date is yet to be fixed for hearing.
Following the incident, the management of the company petitioned the PURC, insisting that the damage to the equipment was not the direct result of the power surge.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and arraigned on charges of overloading of his vehicle and causing damage to ECG equipment. The case is still pending at the Circuit Court.
The PURC then instituted an investigation into the matter and found out that the ECG was liable and therefore directed the ECG to pay the cedi equivalent of 75 per cent of 29,600 Euros being the cost of purchasing similar transmission equipment for Jubilee FM.
But the ECG would not take any of the findings of the PURC and, therefore, dragged the PURC and Management of Jubilee FM to court.