General News of Thursday, 29 January 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has accused President John Mahama’s administration of being insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians.
Speaking on Accra-based Peace FM’s ‘Kokrooko’ programme Thursday, Ursula, said the government was not committed to solving the power crisis, which she said, was making life unbearable for Ghanaians.
Urusla said businesses were collapsing as a result of the crisis, while hospitals were relying on torchlights to treat patients.
She said students now read under street lights because of lack of electricity at home for reading.
The MP said although the government had replaced the boss of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and created the Ministry for Power at huge financial cost, the electricity situation was worsening.
Ursula accused President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of being interested in winning the next election, but not in developing the country.
“They don’t care about the suffering of the people,” she stressed.
According to her, when President John Agyekum Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) government was confronted with a similar power crisis, the government imported power plants and fueled them using light crude oil at a time when it was selling for $147 on the world market.
Ursula said although oil was selling for less than $50 today, the government, which she said claims to be caring, was refusing to buy light crude oil to power the country’s thermal plants, leaving Ghanaians to suffer in the process.
“What have Ghanaians done to deserve this?” she questioned, adding: “Mahama, stop listening to those who are advising you, they are doing you harm. Listen to the cry of the masses.”