Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, has apologized to Ghanaians for the recent blackouts in parts of the country.
Although the Minister will not admit that the outages indicate the return of the most dreaded ‘dumsor’, he said plans are far advanced to resolve the energy challenges facing the country.
[contextly_sidebar id=”qA35pmbxfyRAQYML5rOoDUO1kgt5xGIQ”]While answering a question on the erratic power supply at a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Amewu assured the citizenry of relief soon saying the power situation will be normalized within the shortest possible period.
“First of all, we want to apologize to Ghanaians for this intermittent supply. We are never back to the era of consistent and persistent shortfall in supply. We are in an era where we have installed capacity available but what we have to do is to change that installed capacity into availability. We are learning from our experience so Ghanaians, we are sorry. This short period is just intermittent. I promise you that from 12th April, you will continue to enjoy sustainable use of your power.”
The Energy Ministry insisted that the recent challenges has nothing to do with financial problems or mismanagement.
The Minority have stated that the government has returned the country to an era of load-shedding popularly called “Dumsor”, a claim the Energy Minister wants Ghanaians to dismiss.
Amewu assured that government had put the necessary measures in place to resolve the problem within five days.
In light of the recent challenges, the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has asked the government to publish a load shedding time table for the country.
According to ACEP’s analysis, the current power situation resembles the onset of the power crisis which bedevilled the country some four years ago.
The Ghana Gas Company had assured that power supply will be stabilised within the next two weeks.
‘I told you so’ – Kwabena Donkor ‘mocks’ Amewu over possible return of ‘dumsor’
Former Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor feels vindicated by the struggles the Akufo-Addo administration is currently enduring with regards to the power sector.
When asked what he would say to the Energy Minister over amid concerns over power generation challenges, Dr. Donkor said: “I will tell him I told you so. I will just have a very interesting laugh at him”.
The Energy Minister, Peter Amewu, was part of an energy think tank, African Centre for Energy Policy that criticised the Mahama government during the power crisis that bedevilled the country some five years ago, which eventually led to Dr. Donkor’s resignation from the Ministry.
“I told him [Peter Amewu] a couple of years back when he was at ACEP that; ‘be careful how you go about attacking the government. Tomorrow you may occupy that seat’. As a people, we should move this away from partisanship. Let’s look at the real underlying issues. The real underlying issues are financially exacerbated by inefficiencies,” he noted.
By: Nii Larte Lartey | citinewsroom.com |Ghana | email@example.com