Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy, has refuted claims that the recent power outages(‘dumsor’), colloquially known as ‘dumsor,’ are the result of financial difficulties.
The Minister maintains that such claims are the result of wishful thinking on the part of critics of the Akufo-Addo administration.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh stated this at the Minister’s press briefing on the theme “Delivering Reliable and Affordable Power” on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at the Information Ministry.
Some parts of Ghana have been experiencing power supply issues since the beginning of the year, including long periods of outage, low current, and intermittent outages.
While businesses have complained about the impact, others claim to have lost electrical appliances as a result of the outage.
Some people believe the government is not telling the truth about the true cause of the problem.
Mr. John Jinapor, the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee, is one of these individuals.
According to the former Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, the problem is financial, and the government is not being honest with Ghanaians.
“Someone is not telling us the truth, and in this trying time, when people are struggling, there should be clarity and certainty. If the transmission line’s power is insufficient, inform the Ghanaian people and assure us of your plans,” he said.
This claim has been categorically denied by the Energy Minister.
“These are not financial problems because they are being solved, and we have pleaded with Ghanaians to bear with us. We work to improve the country’s power supply reliability. I also urge you to ignore those who are speculating about the situation.”
“The issues are being addressed, and by the end of the year, we should have much more stable power for all of us. Please be patient as we work to resolve these issues in the best interests of the entire community.”
The timetable for Dumsor is coming to an end.
In April 2021, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) issued an eight-day schedule for some interruptions in power supply to some parts of the national capital in order to carry out maintenance work.
The power distributor explained that the timetable was necessitated by ongoing work on the Pokuase Bulk Supply Point, which necessitated the need to shut down the transmission line, affecting the Mallam Bulk Supply Point, which supplies power to many households.
The eight-day exercise, which started on May 10, 2021, is scheduled to conclude on Monday, May 17, 2021.