General News of Thursday, 24 December 2015
Former Attorney General, Ayikoi Otoo, says the governing party’s facts-altering communication strategy has contributed significantly to the country’s power challenges.
He said communication by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has persistently refuted expert analysis of the power situation from the outset. Government spokespersons have instead offered unfounded explanations for the crisis.
“I think it is propaganda that has led us to where we are now. They said it was a generation problem, it’s machines that have broken down, population increase. They started to divert attention to the point of saying that NPP never added even one megawatt. It is now that they have seen the truth, it is all money, money, money,” Ayikoi Otoo said.
The NPP stalwart was speaking Thursday on a special edition of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show. The show was hosted by NPP member, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko.
The Power Minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor, announced recently that a promise to end the debilitating load-shedding by the end of this year is likely to be missed.
He said although government is working assiduously to meet the 31, December 2015 deadline, more time might be needed to deal completely with the issue.
Dr Donkor made news earlier in the year when he said in an interview with Joy News that he will resign from his position if he is unable to end the power crisis by the end of the year.
He has been heavily criticized for failing to handle the situation as the crisis seems to have worsened, crippling many businesses and forcing others to lay off their workers in order to cut cost.
Dr Esi Ansah, a member of pressure group, Citizens Ghana Movement, says Dr Donkor must resign if the load-shedding continues after 2015.
She said the power situation presents a good opportunity for industry, think thanks and the academia to collaborate to assess the cost of the load-shedding to businesses and individuals.