What seem like a subtle return of the power crisis in Ghana got consumers worried as the last 48 hours saw some parts of Accra and nearly 80% of consumers in Kumasi cut off the grid.
According to a Joy FM investigations the recent development can be attributed to the unavailability of gas supply and low reserve margins; as any drop in gas supply or crude oil is expected to trigger erratic power supply.
As of Monday night four out of five sub-stations in the Ashanti region have been shut down. The region fed on 40megawatts. It needs at least 200MW.
Only areas like Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and some parts of Ejisu had power. In the national capital areas like Madina, Mallam and Achimota experienced power outages Monday night.
But the deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor on Tuesday evening in an interview on Joy FM said the current development will be over in a matter of days.
According to him, an internal challenge within the power sector and an external challenge from gas-supplying Nigeria are the causes.
He also explained that power plants in the Takoradi enclave in the Western region have been shut down to enable a switch over from using crude oil to using gas.
Jinapor urged Ghanaians not to be anxious at all, because ‘dumsor’ is no more.