General News of Thursday, 1 November 2018
Former President John Dramani Mahama says the energy crisis that hit Ghana between 2012 and 2016 – popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’ – was solved by his administration, not the current government.
He is therefore telling the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to stop deceiving Ghanaians that the Akufo-Addo-led government resolved the crisis.
Addressing delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Adentan Constituency as part of his five-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region, Mr Mahama described as false claims by NPP officials that they solved dumsor.
He explained that every single additional generation capacity of electricity currently in Ghana, including Ameri power and KarPower plants, was put in place by the NDC administration.
“But today some people are trying to take the credit for solving ‘dumsor’ when they haven’t added a single megawatt of electricity to Ghana’s power generation,” he said.
According to Mr Mahama, it was the work done by his administration in the energy sector that made him to declare in 2016 that Ghana will become a net exporter of electricity.
He therefore wondered why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would make similar announcement and claim the credit for solving the energy crisis.
He said the NDC administration also stabilised the economy after fixing the energy crisis.
The former president was hopeful that the NDC will return to power in 2020 and urged members of the party to unite and work hard for victory.
He also committed himself to working hard to reduce the high cost of living in the country as well as provide jobs, when elected in the next elections.