Dr Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has said the erratic power supply which has necessitated the current load shedding being experienced in some parts of the country, may give an upper hand to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in next year’s presidential election.
Dr Adu-Gyamfi spoke to Accra News on Friday January 1, 2016 on how the energy challenges faced by the nation can affect the political fortunes of the John Mahama led NDC in the general elections.
Ghanaians have had to endure power shedding (dumsor), across the nation over the past three years, which has contributed to an already high unemployment rate, low investor confidence among others as some of the effects. In the 2013 World Bank Enterprise Survey on African countries, including Ghana and Nigeria, it named the on-going rampant poor electricity supply as one of the biggest barriers to growth of the countries' economy.
However, he observed that Ghana’s power challenges, which have persisted since 2012, could have been handled better by former Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor while in office rather than play politics with the matter.
Ghana’s Power minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor resigned on December 31, 2015 in honour of his word that he was hopeful of ending the power crisis by the end of the year, and would humbly resign if he failed to solve the issue.
The Pru East MP made the promise in February 2015.