A former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s largest energy generator Volta River Authority (VRA) says Ghanaians should stop blaming President John Dramani Mahama for the ongoing electricity rationing programme, popularly known as ‘Dumsor’ and rather blame his predecessor, the late Prof John Atta Mills.
According to Dr Charles Yves Wereko Brobbey, if the Mills’ administration had promptly implemented the plans drawn by the Kufuor administration prior to its exit and utilized the accompanying loans, Ghana would not be going through such difficulties.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show of Wednesday April 10, 2013 Dr Wereko Brobbey said the Mills’ administration, for whatever reason rather ‘sat’ on such programmes, sometimes for as much as 3 years before implementing them.
“If anybody asks me why the crises, I always say I will put the blame on the late Prof Mills, because before Kufuor left office he had secured funds and we had signed contracts to build facilities at Tema and other places. But when they (Mills’ government) came they decided to ‘sit’ on them, some for one and half years, some three years before implementing it.
“If they had not sat on it by now Bui would have been working, Tema and other places would have been working and the ‘dumsor dumsor’ would not have happened,” he opined.
Dr Wereko Brobbey, who was also in charge of the Ghana@50 celebrations, advised President Mahama to avoid the temptation to promise a definite date for the end of load shedding as if he was a “Moses” who had all the solutions.
President Mahama, by fixing a definite date was only “bringing trouble on himself,” he argued.
But if the President still wanted to make a promise, “he should come so I show him what to say. He should tell Ghanaians the truth about what he came to meet in office, and stop giving promises after visiting Aboadze and other places.”
The Mahama government, he pointed out, was only three months old.