Dying businesses, stale foods- vendors cry over ‘dumsor’


With no immediate sign of Ghana’s deleterious power crisis ending anytime soon, food vendors have joined the long list of victims lamenting the dire implications of the crisis on their jobs.

Some of the food vendors who spoke to Joy News said they have had to cut back on production because much of the leftover food cannot be stored.

They said it costs a fortune buying generators and fueling them to store their leftovers.

One of the vendors told Francisca Kakra Forson she has to spend 200 cedis on petrol daily in order to fuel generators to run refrigerators.

On occasions when there is no money to buy fuel, they have had to throw away the leftover food or risk losing customers completely if they sell stale food to them.

The country has been plunged into darkness following years of incompetent management of the country’s energy sector.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced an excessive load-shedding regime which has crippled businesses and left many citizens agitated.

Per this schedule, electricity consumers will have 12 hours of electricity and 24 hours of darkness. However that timetable is not being complied with.

Some areas have had to endure 36 hours of darkness with no cogent explanation from the officials.

Educational institutions, hospitals, and many residences across the country have not been left out of this quagmire.

It is unclear when the crisis will come to an end, although the public has been given a promise by the Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor to resign at the end of the year should the dumsor situation persist.


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