The Minority in Parliament and spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adams Mutawakilu has called on the President Akufo-Addo led government to make the supply of power during the lockdown a priority.
In an interview on Monday, March 30, 2020, the parliamentarian stressed that the unscheduled power cuts experienced in some parts of the country over the last month must seize.
“We have enough generation [capacity]. The government should not complain of a lack of fuel and therefore, we should not expect the dumsor that we have been experiencing up until today to continue. That is why we are calling on Nana Akufo-Addo to make the constant supply of electricity a priority,” he said.
Matawakilu in a statement directed to the president said:
Given that more Ghanaians will be staying and working in their various homes, and with kids having to connect with their academic tutors via e-learning platforms, reliable but stable supply of power is required to keep life together in times like this. By this statement, we request the President and by extension the government to assure Ghanaians of a stable supply of electricity in order to allow for life in their homes worthy to live”.
However, there have been several calls for a load-shedding timetable following the recent power challenges.
But the government has downplayed these calls with the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) for example insisting that the power shortfalls are due to maintenance works ongoing at some parts of the country, hence the situation will not persist.
GRIDCo, on the other hand, blamed the lack of sustained financing to fuel the various dual power generation plants, leading to the recent power cuts.
According to GRIDCo, the lack of fuel for plants in the western and eastern enclaves had been identified as the cause of the shortfalls.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, however, said his sector has enough financial backing to generate enough power for the country.
On the side of the Bongo Member of Parliament Edward Bawa, he claimed the country’s energy sector was confronted with severe financial challenges coupled with unprecedented net arrears of about US$4 billion and indebtedness of US$1.5 billion owed to private power producers.
Ghana has begun a two-week partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa as part of measures to fight the global pandemic, COVID-19.
During the lockdown period, citizens in affected areas have been advised to only leave their homes in search of essential items or activities.
Read the full statement from the Minority in Parliament and spokesperson on Mines and Energy, Adams Mutawakilu.