…. It Was Put Under Steroids – IMANI Veep
It is emerging that, the claims by the previous Mahama-led NDC government that it had completely solved the energy crisis which led to loss of lives, shut down of businesses and layoffs for at least four years, is after all untrue.
Interesting indications are that, the energy crisis user the John Mahama administration was never solved.
In view of this development, Ghanaians are warned to expect the continuation of a severe power crisis if the Nana Addo government did not stand tall with the fight against the menace.
According to the Vice President of the IMANI Ghana, the power crisis was rather put on steroids in the last quarter of 2016 to give a semblance of a crisis that has been solved.
Speaking on Joy FM in a debate, Kofi Bentil indicated that the “steroids are now wearing off” and the dark cloud of the power paralysis popularly called ‘dumsor’ is gradually returning in full swing..
He called on the new administration to employ the strategies outlined by the President effectively so as to be able to handle the situation.
Ghana’s energy sector has been described as heavily indebted by the new president Nana Akufo-Addo in his first state of the nation address where he pointed out that the sector is in a $240 billion debt, $800 million of which is owed to the commercial banks, a scenario which the president said is crippling the energy sector.
As if the debt is not enough, the dreaded load shedding programme which kept the country in the dark for most part of the last four years is gradually returning.
It is a well known fact that, somewhere in 2015, the country was subjected to a 24-hour-off-12-hours-on load shedding programme which was an inconvenience to domestic and commercial users of power.
The New Patriotic Party had accused the John Mahama government of being incompetent and failing to solve the energy crisis.
However, two months into taking over office, the dreaded dumsor seems to be returning with unannounced lights out for longer hours.
Although, the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko debunked claims that dumsor had returned, Kofi Bentil said: “Dumsor was never solved. The energy sector was put on steroids in the last quarter of last year. And the doctors will tell you is that you can get rid of the symptoms but the steroids are wearing off right now and we are going back to the same problem.”
“… Technically we are still using emergency power. You don’t solve a problem when you are using emergency power,” he said.
He said the onus now lies with the new government to completely solved a problem.
By: Prosper Agbenyega/GO