- Outspoken NPP MP, Kennedy Agyapong, has jabbed President Akufo-Addo over the recent power outages
- Agyapong said the government has no excuses for “dumsor” after being in power for two years
- He said government must stop the blame game and fix the problem because it was part of its campaign promises
Outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has said the NPP government should stop the excuses and solve the recent power outages that has rocked Ghana.
He said the government has been able to stabilize the country’s electricity for the past two years, and so there was no need or excuse to blame the erstwhile Mahama administration.
To Kennedy Agyapong, Ghanaians deserve no excuses at all because the government pledge to solve “dumsor” during the electioneering campaign.
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He is quoted by a Citinewsroom.com report sighted by YEN.com.gh to have said: “To say it is a financial challenge, is no excuse. We have to solve the problem because it was part of our campaign promises, and we’ve been able to stabilize it for two years, so however we did it, we have to continue to sustain it. There is no excuse for us.”
Some Ghanaians have lamented over recent power outages in parts of the country especially in Accra within the last few weeks.
While critics including members of the NDC claim the outages are as a result of financial challenges being faced by the government, NPP communicators have argued otherwise.
They claim the outages have to do with technical challenges which have even been solved.
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But the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, at a press conference on Monday admitted that financial constraint is partly to blame for the recent power woes.
“Our major challenge has been the incomplete reverse flow project to flow gas from the West to the East. We had to fast-track it through a by-pass which has been completed, but not connected to the West African Gas Pipeline yet. This is because WAGPA has not come out with the tariff for the reverse flow, and WAPCO will not sign the Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA) without a tariff. WAPCO wants to charge US $3.2 MMBtu, while we want to pay US$1 MMBtu,” he explained
However, Kennedy Agyapong does not want to have anything doing with the excuses.
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According to him, the NPP government must do everything possible to stop the return of ‘dumsor’ to save it and the party from embarrassment.
“We have to be straightforward, honest and sincere to Ghanaians and tell them that this is the challenge, and we are going to solve it. My question is that, if you criticize NDC in 2016, as politicians and government, we have to line up all the failures of NDC and what we condemned, and take them one by one and solve them. That makes you a better government.”
“But if you also come and the same problem you condemned to win election, you can’t solve it, then even the technical people will even say politicians are not to be believed” Kennedy Agyapong stressed.
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