President John Mahama has blamed the current power crisis (dumsor) that has enveloped the country in recent times on the failure of Nigeria to supply Ghana with light crude oil.
He said in his Eid-ul Fitr speech at the Black Star Square in Accra that damage to oil pipelines by militants in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region had hampered Nigeria’s ability to supply Ghana with light crude.
“We have recently suffered some generational problems. I held a stakeholders’ meeting with all those involved in the power sector. Because of sabotage in Nigeria on the terminals, crude oil that we ordered last month has not arrived; and so, it has created some generational problem for us,” he said.
The president, however, gave an assurance that the power situation in the country will improve soon.
“We are taking steps every day to ensure that Ghana has security when it comes to power,” he said.
He added that he had asked the Bulk Oil Storage (BOST) company to start storing at least one month of light crude oil supply for Ghana so that in the event anything happened at the supply end in Nigeria, the country would not be affected.