Addressing the 2015 National May Day parade held at the Independence Square in Accra, President John Dramani Mahama said the lack of money for light crude was not to blame for the crisis.
Ghana’s energy crisis has deepened despite numerous promises by government to resolve the situation. Various reasons including low water levels in the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam and lack of gas to power the country’s thermal plants continue to be attributed to the current situation by the concerned authorities. Some analysts have said that the power crisis facing the country will end if the government can get money to buy light crude oil to power the country’s power plants.
However, addressing the 2015 National May Day parade held at the Independence Square in Accra, President John Dramani Mahama said the lack of money for light crude was not to blame for the crisis.
He noted that with the exception of Asogli, thermal plants in Tema were running on light crude oil. Adding that, power plants at the Aboadze Thermal Plant have been running on light crude oil for the past two weeks due to a shutdown of the Atuabo Gas Plant for maintenance.
President Mahama assured citizens of government’s commitment to find lasting solutions to the energy crisis.
“We are working to strategically and permanently fix the generation shortfalls that we are currently experiencing….Our power supply challenges are temporary and we will soon consider them to be a bad nightmare from which we have awoken”, he noted.
The erratic power supply has rendered many unemployed as companies have laid off hundreds of their workers due to high production cost. Some pastors have also said that the crisis has brought a number of churches on their knees as offertory and tithes have dwindled drastically.