General News of Sunday, 1 February 2015
The Volta River Authority (VRA) has acknowledged that Ghana is facing a serious power crisis as a result of accumulated problems which have remained unresolved over the years.
“We are in a crisis. Power is a problem in this country and it’s an accumulated problem,” said the head of corporate communication at VRA Samuel Fletcher.
Ghana is currently struggling with power generation which has led to an intensified load shedding exercise.
Electricity consumers are at their wits end as the government struggles to resolve the power generation challenges.
Businesses and households have been adversely affected by the situation which has persisted for almost three years.
The President has indicated that several ongoing power generation projects are underway to deal with the situation in the near future.
Speaking on Citi FM’s News analysis and current affair program, The Big Issue, Mr. Fletcher was optimistic that despite the current challenges, the problem will soon be rectified.
He indicated that despite the failure of stakeholders in the energy sector to solve the accumulated power challenges over the years, “that doesn’t mean we can’t start solving it now.”
“We are working to solve the problem and I think what we need to do is to put ourselves in the shoes of the consumers,” adding that “everybody is suffering including ourselves because it’s so uncomfortable,” he remarked.
Mr. Fletcher stressed that Ghana will “get out of this problem and when we do, we will all have the effect.”
He likened electricity to a mosquito saying, “electricity is like a mosquito, it bites everybody – it doesn’t bite only one person.”
Mr. Fletcher was however unable to give a set date for which the power crisis will end.
“We will get out but let’s face it – I can’t claim to be one of the engineers on site; I’m just a communicator who speaks for them so I get information from them and I tell so if I don’t have it,” he explained.