The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has become the latest company to announce plans to lay off workers due to the worsening energy crisis in the country.
A statement from the public electricity distribution company said “the dumsor has increased operational cost, hence, it has become necessary for ECG to slash its workforce” in order to maintain low overhead costs. “We have been forced to shut a number of departments at our headquarters because we cannot keep the air conditioners running. The cost of running those air conditioners on our generators have become simply unbearable.”
This development makes ECG one of several other companies who have been forced to cut down its workforce due to the unreliable supple of electricity in the country. Coca-Cola Bottling Company has already laid off some 250 employees while other small scale companies have been compelled to completely shut down due to the rising costs of production.
An employee of ECG who got wind of the impeding job losses expressed despair at the uncertainty that faced him and his colleagues. “These are uncertain times. We don’t know who will go and who will stay. It’s just like the dumsor, you can’t be too sure when your lights will go off or when they will come back on. This dumsor must stop,” he quipped.