The presidential candidates of the leading political parties sparred on solving the power crisis at a debate organized by the GBC/NCCE and held at the State House in Accra on Wednesday.
President John Mahama defended his administration’s record, stressing that he moved quickly to provide emergency power when Ghana’s suffered a power generation deficit.
He said he had stabilised the country’s power supply and had built the Atuabo Gas Plant to fuel our thermal plants.
The president, however, noted that the country was faced with a problem of not charging realistic tariffs, a situation he said had put the country’s power companies in debt.
Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the presidential candidate of the Conventions Peoples Party (CPP), said his administration will generate over 29,000 megawatts in renewable energy, especially wind, if he wins the election in December.
He said the power crisis required bi-partisan solution, adding that there was “massive dumsor” when Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) was named energy minister.
In his response, Dr Nduom denied that the country experienced dumsor during his tenure as minister.
He blamed the power crisis on the government’s indebtedness to power generation and distribution companies and urged the government to pay up the debt so as to free up money for the private sector.