- 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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Afia Pokuaa, a journalist with Accra-based United Television (UTV) says the footsoldiers of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have subjected her to cruel abuse on social media for speaking about the current power outages.
Ubiquitously known as Vim Lady, Afia Pokuaa vowed during her TV programmed as reported by Ghanaweb never to say a word about the current power outages in some parts of the capital christened as ‘dumsor’.
“People say there is no culture of silence? When I posted on Facebook about dumsor - that my lights were out, NPP footsoldiers abused me for a whole week,” she recounted on her show.
“…I was abused as though it was untrue that my lights had been off. As I speak, I have fixed an inverter and have sworn never to speak about dumsor again. Water (situation), I won’t talk.
“If my lights are off, it is not a problem. I’d rather be silent. Me, a nobody and I am being insulted, of course, even Sam Jonah was not spared,” she stressed.
There have been intermittent power outages in parts of the country since the beginning of the year due to inherent challenges in the transmission and distribution aspects of the power sector.
This has led to heightened fears among Ghanaians that the country is gradually slipping back to the dreaded Dumsor era.
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, 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.
The Energy Ministry rejected the call as premature.
It said in a statement that President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the power sub-sector is to provide “safe, dependable and affordable power to bring relief to Ghanaians and also to serve as a solid base for an industrialised economy”.
Thus, in furtherance of this vision, the ministry said it is “working hard to bring it into fruition and remains focused on delivering this important mandate.
It further noted that it “not be drawn into a needless war of words that tends to politicise the situation”.
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