General News of Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The Vice Chairman of the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regional branches of the Association of Ghana Industries, Mr. William Awuku Ahiadormeh has charged the Public Affairs Director of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission to resign her post if she finds her work too difficult to perform.
According to the AGI Boss, Nana Yaa Jantuah contradicts herself anytime she speaks on utility service provision in the country.
Speaking on the Ultimate Breakfast, Mr. Awuku Ahiadormeh questioned whether Nana Yaa Jantuah had any moral conscience to take communion in church after all the “half-lies and half-truths” she keeps churning out on media platforms.
He was worried about the country’s worsening power crisis and the inconsistency with information flow, causing several businesses to fold up.
The PURC last week engaged with the Independent Power Producers Association on a way forward in the current power crisis and also to evaluate the ongoing load-shedding exercise.
But Mr. Awuku Ahiadormeh told Ultimate FM, the players in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution chain have answered less questions than there were, keeping the consuming public in the dark.
He insisted, “She cannot tell us we don’t have enough generating capacity when experts have told us we can generate in excess of 2,800 megawatts of power.”
We have also been told that our total demand at peak is between 1900 and 2000 megawatts so why is she telling us that with a 500 megawatts problem, this country is in turmoil?” He questioned.
But an evidently irked Nana Yaa Jantuah, who would have none of that, described the proposition as “an insult to her religious integrity”.
She retorted, “he cannot insult my religious integrity and I will take an exception to anyone who attacks my religious integrity.”
“I am a Christian and I don’t speak half-truths and half-lies,” she fumed.
The Executive Director for the Integrated Development and Empowerment Center, Sammy Abotse indicated that the AGI’s information about generation capacity was accurate as it corroborated what the power ministry communicated to stakeholder agencies in its recent consultative meetings.
He noted, however, “the players are torn between the truth and then massaging the truth to the people to still keep its hope alive.”
“As for the truth about the state of our power sector, it is not forthcoming and there is no two ways about that. People might be massaging the true situation on the ground may be because it is their responsibility to continue to give us hope that it will be good,” he expounded.