Be transparent with Ghanaians on current power crisis – Kofi Buah to govt

Source The Ghana Report

The Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has urged the government to be transparent about the ongoing power crisis in the country.

Currently, various parts of the country face inconsistency in power supply highlighting unfulfilled promises from the government to address the issue.

This call for transparency follows the disconnection of electricity supply to the Parliament House and Job 600, the MPs’ office complex, due to a GHc23 million debt on February 29, 2024.

Mr. Buah, in an interview, criticized how the ruling government is handling the energy sector and called for acknowledgement of their failure.

He emphasized the necessity for strategic investment in power generation to meet growing demand and avoid recurring power crises.

Mr. Buah expressed concern about the reduction in exports to neighbouring countries, affecting forex earnings. He underscored the need for an open discussion about the ongoing energy crisis and criticized the government for mismanaging the energy sector levy.

“This government must be very transparent with the people of Ghana. The President, unfortunately, has not been forthright with the people of Ghana. This President came in 2017 and this has been the pattern and I think that we should look at the history. We’re now being caught up with the deficit, always the demand is growing, and we have not been able to meet the demands. The government must admit to Ghanaians that they have not been strategic when it comes to the energy sector. We have ‘Dumsor’ today because we have failed,” he noted in an interview monitored by The Ghana Report on Citi News.

“Every time we don’t invest in power generation, because there’s an annual increase in demand for power, we are going to be caught up, the way we were caught up in 2009. For 7 years there was no power addition,” he stated.

He also lamented the cut in loads of exports to neighbouring countries.

“What’s worse is that we have also cut loads for all exports. This is like the breadbasket of the power producers. That is where they get their forex, foreign money”.

The Deputy Minority Leader also revealed that some parliamentary staff were trapped in an elevator at the Job 600 building due to the power cut, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

“The whole parliamentary building was off, the only place we had lights because we are using a pre-paid standby generator is the chamber. And I’m sure this is part of the bigger problem we have. We’re shedding the load, 3 days ago it was 380, and I know we are shedding 400 megawatts of load. It has not been announced as we have asked them to publicly do. They are taking off loads from different places, after the other. 480 megawatts is a huge load, which is like not giving load to the whole of Sekondi Takoradi. And so, there’s a huge load”.

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