Business News of Friday, 15 March 2019
Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu has called on Ghanaians to dismiss claims by the Minority in Parliament that government has returned the country to an era of load-shedding popularly called “Dumsor”.
This follows recent calls by the Minority on government to be candid with Ghanaians and release a load shedding timetable following the recent power outages across the country.
According to the Minority Spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adam Mutawakilu, the recent power outages are a reflection of the financial troubles facing the energy sector due to government’s mismanagement of the sector.
But while touring some substations and facilities connected to the recent power outages, the Energy Minister assured that government had put the necessary measures in place to resolve the current power issues in the next few day.
“The minority you know is not ready to accept the fact of what is happening now in the power sector. Because they would have wished that this country is brought back to the days of prolonged power outages. I can assure Ghanaians that the recent challenges are as a result of technical challenges and not generation issues. And we are ready to confront this problem to address it so Ghanaians can enjoy uninterrupted power supply.”
Power to be normalized in about five days – Amewu
Earlier checks by Citinewsroom.com revealed that some system imbalances that resulted in surges in the power grid caused the recent outages.
The problem affected areas including Madina, Koforidua, Achimota, Kasoa, North Kaneshie, Cape Coast, parts of Takoradi and other parts of the country and other places.
While taking a tour of the affected power infrastructure that led to the recent outages, Mr. Amewu said he hoped that the challenges will be rectified within the next five days in order for power distribution will be normalized.
“Definitely because of the construction work that is going on [at Pokuase] there is a need for them [companies in the power distribution chain] to halt the transmission of power for this period. So these are some of the problems they are facing. You can see the progress of work and my expectation is that it is going to be completed within about five days. But we’ve put in measures to minimize the impact. This is one of the major causes of interruptions. The problem has been caused by technical issues,” Amewu assured.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Jonathan Amoako-Baah also assured that measures have been put in place to ensure consistent power supply within the next few days.
“There is enough stock for the generation stations to provide the electricity we need in Ghana. We are having these challenges and difficulties because of the project at Pokuase. There is no dumsor. When we finish this work, we are going to go back to the reliability of supply that we have been used to in the past. So Ghanaians I want you to be rest assured that in a few days when this work is completed we are going to go back to the status quo,” Mr. Amoako-Baahadded.