The Police and Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters last Monday suffered a blackout as they whole area was plunged into darkness owing to the current load shedding which has assumed an alarming intensity.
For those who thought the facilities were spared the ongoing blackouts, they may have to review their stance.
While the police headquarters was experiencing blackout, the nearby Burma Camp, a military facility was enjoying uninterrupted power supply.
Those who heard about what befell the police and CID headquarters said, ‘Those in charge of managing the little power generated should spare these facilities and hospitals the load-shedding regime the country is enmeshed in.’
The power outage at the law enforcement facilities brings to the fore the importance of ensuring that the law enforcement agencies are funded adequately to spare them the inconvenience of total darkness.
Until this came to light and became a subject of discussion among sections of Ghanaians, many did not know that such facilities too suffer blackouts.
For observers however the extension of the load-shedding regime to the Police and CID headquarters underscores the extent of the energy crisis in the country.
Unconfirmed reports have it that Burma Camp, the nerve centre of the country’s defence setup, has generally been spared the debilitating blackouts.
The power crisis has intensified in the past few days because the country has lost 600 megawatts, a situation which has seen the curtailment of power supply to homes, offices and industries.
Information available to DAILY GUIDE indicates that the government is unable to raise the appropriate letters of credit required for a Ghana-consigned crude oil cargo currently on the high seas.
With the Atuabu Gas facility unable to function due to a technical challenge, the picture of energy generation and supply is anything but heartwarming.
Kumasi Hard Hit
Ghana’s power crisis has worsened with the Ashanti region, where only 50 megawatts of power is available for distribution, being the hardest hit.
The Public Relations Manager for the ECG in the Ashanti region, Erasmus Kyere Baidoo told Joy Fm that the entire city was running on less than 50 megawatts of power.
According to him, ECG needs a little over 200 megawatts to supply the entire city.
The current situation has affected several businesses in the region, as residents vent their anger over the worsening power cuts.
Meanwhile, some residents of Achimota in Accra have hit the streets to protest the worsening power cuts.
According to them, they have been without power for over a week now.
They said the ECG has failed to inform them adequately about a revision in the load-shedding timetable.
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