- 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 Energy Ministry has for the umpteenth time insisted that Ghana is not slipping back to the dreaded days of erratic power supply known as ‘dumsor’.
There have been incessant unannounced power cuts in various parts of the country recently, heightening fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually moving towards the unbearable ‘dumsor’ era of the John Dramani Mahama administration.
Just yesterday, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the minority in parliament accused the Akufo-Addo administration of destroying the legacy of Mahama in the energy sector.
At a press conference organised by the minority caucus in the lawmaking chamber, former Energy Minister, John Jinapor said the actions and inactions of the administration led to the return to the current power crisis.
The caucus urged that a nationwide timetable should be issued immediately.
Reacting to the call, the Energy Ministry rejected it as premature.
It said in a statement as reported by Starr news that “for the record, there has been no nationwide load shedding in the country, neither has there been an attempt to embark on one because there is no need to.”
It is explained that some of the projects ongoing in Accra and Kasoa, for example, will require outages for some days.
“The only reason these outages are being carried is to allow for the contractors to tie in their works into the existing transmission lines. It is therefore false to claim, as the Minority in Parliament has, that political pressure has been brought to bear on the publishing of a load shedding timetable,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, Yvonne Nelson harshly criticised the president for returning Ghana to the dark days of erratic power outages christened ‘dusmor’.
Bitterly disappointed with the president’s failure to eradicate dumsor totally, contrary to his electioneering promise, the award-winning movie star took to Twitter to call him out.
She said in a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh that Ghanaians are exhausted with the president’s lies regarding the country’s current power challenges.
“We are tired of their LIES #DUMSORMUSTSTOP Same STORY year after year....... same lies...different parties,” Nelson said in the tweet as she shared a snapshot of a previous statement made by the president on the crisis.
It will be recalled Nelson led her colleagues in the movie industry to join blue-collar workers in demonstrations against power cuts in 2015.
They marched through the streets of the capital to demand an ended energy crisis during the administration of former President John Dramani Mahama.
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