Dumsor looms as Ameri deal ends, government debt to power producers increase

Dumsor looms as Ameri deal ends, government debt to power producers increase

- Ghana’s agreement with AMERI has ended

- This questions how prepared the country is against erratic power supply

- Meanwhile Yvonne Nelson had earlier argued Mahama ended Dumsor

The BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) agreement between the government of Ghana and AMERI on the 250MW thermal plant ends today, January 31.

Per the agreement, the plant will be taken over by government of Ghana via Volta River Authority. As at Sept 2020, AMERI wrote to the government on the terms of the contract and its readiness to hand over the plant.

“I can confirm that government has not yet responded to the letter. Ghana's indebtedness to AMERI (over $32 million) has not been settled, no technical audit has been conducted and no staff of VRA has been trained to operate the thermal plant. In terms of the economics, it will be in our interest to own and operate the plant,” an economist, Eugene Bawell, revealed on his Facebook page.
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One thing of much concern is that the same AMERI deal got Boakye Agyarko fired as the minister for energy.

Dumsor looms as Ameri deal ends, government debt to power producers increase

Dumsor looms as Ameri deal ends, government debt to power producers increase
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Already, there are possibility of Ghana experiencing some power outages this year. Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have all warned of ending their services if government does not pay them for the debt owed by over 150 million dollars.

Yvonne Nelson says Mahama ended dumsor

Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson, has said former president John Mahama was the one who fixed dumsor before exiting power in 2016.

Yvonne, known for her bold political utterances, was reacting to a post she made on a tweeter in which a user apparently misunderstood her.

According to the user by the name Antaru Mashud, Yvonne fought for Akufo-Addo to come to power in 2016 only for Ghanaians to suffer.

Meanwhile, shortly after Yvonne led that vigil against Mahama, she turned around to commend him for the improvement in the power supply.

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She also showered a lot of praises on Mahama for some of his achievements before he lost power.

Yvonne, for instance, praised Mahama for face-lifting the Kotoka International Airport, stressing that she was so impressed.

She again praised the former president for his massive infrastructural developments for Ghana.

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