General News of Thursday, 19 February 2015
President John Mahama has stated that the ‘won gbo’ demonstration by the opposition New Patriotic Party has motivated him to fix the power crisis in the country.
The NPP Wednesday hit the streets of Accra to register their displeasure over the worsening power crisis, corruption and poor economic management by the Mahama-led administration.
The demonstration, which was attended by thousands of Ghanaians and NPP sympathisers has been described as one of the biggest ever held in the country.
Speaking for the first time after the demonstration, President Mahama said he takes full responsibility for the current power crisis and would do everything possible to solve it.
“I am emboldened by the demonstration embarked upon by the NPP to solve the power challenges,” President Mahama said; adding, “As President, I take full responsibility for the power crisis and I promise to do everything to get us out of it”.
The Electricity Company of Ghana, (ECG) is currently shedding over 440 megawatts during off-peak periods and 650 megawatts during peak periods.
The power crisis is as a result of low water levels in the Akosombo dam and unavailability of gas to power some other thermal plants.