General News of Wednesday, 7 January 2015
President John Dramani Mahama has decried the continuous refusal by some Ghanaians to acknowledge the level of development in the country, despite major achievements by government.
“In most cases, if you are in a car, you won’t realize that the car is moving fast, but a bystander will notice the car is over speeding. So those in Ghana are not seeing that things a progressing because we are in the car, but someone who came to Ghana in 1992 and returned in recent times will notice that we have really progressed,” he said.
President Mahama made the comments in an interview on a Kumasi based radio station, Angel FM, in an interview in relation to the President’s years of office.
He insisted that “In 1992, we had few people that had black and white Television sets in their rooms, but the situation has changed in recent times.”
He also said a number of roads and school projects have been constructed nationwide; adding that some communities that, hitherto, were without potable water, have been provided with some.
President Mahama said in those days, “We went to beg for iced water from those who had refrigerators because only a few had it. But today, go to every young person’s room, they have flat screen TV’s, tea kettles, air-condition, microwave ovens among others, so our demand for power has grown.”
He said such voracious electricity needs have increased the country’s consumption level, hence the need to establish more power stations to produce about 220 megawatts every year in order to keep up with Ghana’s power demand.
President Mahama acknowledged the work of previous governments for their role they played in moving the country to another level.
He further said, currently, his outfit is “negotiating 3,000 megawatts so that over the next 10 years and beyond, we will not have to go through this energy crisis. We are solving the problem not for today, but for the future,” adding that, a number of deprived communities have been connected to the national power grid.”