- The energy minister has stated that there is no ‘dumsor’ in the country
- According to him, the challenges being experienced are due to maintenance works
- There have been incessant power outages in the country lately
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The Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh says Ghana will not slip back into the prolonged period of outages between 2012 and 2016 christened ‘Dumsor’.
The minister’s remarks come on the back of incessant power cuts in various parts of the country in the past few days, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘Dumsor’ era.
Despite these unannounced power cuts, the Ghana Grid Company, (GRIDCo) said the country has enough power to supply.
That notwithstanding, it revealed that it is in talks with ECG and NEDCo to roll out a timetable for power outages across the country.
Commenting on the development during a working visit to the GRIDCo on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Dr. Prempeh said the challenges being experienced are due to maintenance works being carried out.
He said the relevant authorities are working feverishly to resolve the challenges which had arisen as a result of technical difficulties with “our transmission lines and it is our hope that that issue will be resolved by the end of the year.”
“We should all be sincere and truthful in our communication. In 2016, the whole country was given periods when we are to receive power and when to be off. In 2016, the government of the day told us it was a generation problem," he stated.
"Even the opposition then said government did not have money to buy fuel to power the generators. This is not a generation problem, this is not about fuel so how can we call it ‘Dumsor’?” he queried.
According to GRIDCo, what some parts of Accra are experiencing was part of a couple of projects to boost power supply reliability in the Greater Accra Region.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, GRIDCo noted that the ongoing projects appear to have heightened perceptions of impending nationwide power cuts.
It listed the projects as the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)-funded Pokuase Substation and Kasoa Bulk Supply Point installations and the French Development Agency (AFD)-funded Tema-Accra Transmission Line reinforcement project.
The projects are expected to be completed in the months of June and July.
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