Power Crisis 'Dumsor' will get worse if Mahama is retained - NPP

Mr Boakye Agyarko, policy advisor of the NPP said this was because “the NDC has not demonstrated any measure of control in addressing the challenge”.

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Kumasi plunged into darkness (File photo) play Many parts of the country have been experiencing erratic supply of power over the past two months.
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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has indicated that Ghana’s power crisis would worsen next year if the National Democratic Congress is given a second term in office.

Mr Boakye Agyarko, policy advisor of the NPP said this was because “the NDC has not demonstrated any measure of control in addressing the challenge”.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Boakye Agyarko said: “many businesses and residential consumers of electricity are justifiably afraid that ‘dumsor’ will come back if the NDC is retained in power”.

According to him, “Gas supply from Nigeria stopped in June this year and may not be resumed soon due to government’s failure to pay outstanding debts in excess of US $160million.”

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“Gas supply from Jubilee Field will also stop at the FPSO and it is expected to be shut down for repairs for the period between three to six months. With these developments, Asogli and AMERI will not be able to generate power.

“We are, therefore, estimating that Ghana will experience a shortage of up to 700 megawatts of power early next year, which may be dragged lower as Akosombo [Dam] may be drafted in spite of the lower water level,” he said.

Government officials and power authorities have often attributed the issue of erratic power supply to vandalised gas pipelines from Nigeria.

But opposition officials say the problem is due to government inability to purchase fuel to power the country's turbines.

President John Mahama, during the campaign launch of the NDC in August said stable power has been restored, bringing an end to what he calls the country’s worst power crisis.

He added that “While we have done a lot to stabilize the power situation a lot more remains to be done”.

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