General News of Friday, 30 January 2015
The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) will on Saturday hold a crunch meeting with the energy ministry to discuss a possible review of the load shedding timetable for industrial enclaves.
This follows hints by state power transmitter Ghana Grid Company Limited GRIDCO that the worsening energy situation will persist a little longer.
State power distributor Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), in December last year decided to extended the load management to industrial enclaves for a month, but has failed to review the timetable.
Ahead of Saturday’s meeting, CEO of AGI Seth Twum Akwaboah has urged industries, which intend shutting down to find pragmatic ways of lessening the impact on the energy crisis.
“Different companies have approached it differently in their capacity to absorb the pressure. I must admit that in some cases there have been companies that have downsized their operations. But we hope that the complete closure will not be too many, so that when things work out well, they will just reorganise themselves,” Twum Akwaboah told Starr business.
Meanwhile, President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Seth Adjei Baah has said the promotion of made-in-Ghana goods could be defeated if Government failed to find a permanent solution to the energy problem.
“We are saying that we should consume made-in-Ghana goods; the goods too if you are not able to produce in the required quantities, how do we consume it? And if you cut electricity supply, we can’t produce, so I think it is a wrong directive from ECG. Government should stop it and produce for industries to work,” he added.