A think tank in the African energy sector, wantsthe government to come clean on the cause of the current intermittent and unannounced power outages across the country.
IES said Monday in a press statement that, contrary to the explanation by Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, that the power cuts, popularly called ‘dumsor’, are due to localized faults, huge debts in the sector is to blame.
Mr. Amewu said at a press conference on Monday that part of the reason for the intermittent power cuts is due to gas supply challenges to Karpower, a power barge. However, IES said this explanation is backed by facts.
The government has meanwhile assured that Ghana will not return to that era because it is making progress with efforts to address the temporary challenge in the energy sector.
To be charitable, the explanations offered by the Minister of Energy during the Press Conference is misleading and half-truth.
In any case, what is the essence of almost all the Plants being dual-fired in terms of fuel? Where is the backup plan for the natural gas which we are so much dependent on as a country? Why were ASKA and Karpower down until today?
IES wishes to call on the government to come clear with the people of Ghana on the true state of affairs in the Power sector and as a way forward, publish a workable power time-table as soon as possible as it fashions out a strategy to address the indebtedness before it looms into a full-blown crisis.