Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, minister of energy has fling shut those Ghanaians tagging the recent power challenges as “dumsor”.
He said such tagging is underhand since what is happening is not what was experienced in the era of former president John Mahama.
He also added that what is happening has nothing to do with financial challenges as theorized by some Ghanaians but purely technical.
“These our lines that we have just been informed about, were strung in the 50s and some in the 60s. The power it was supposed to transmit to Accra has increased tremendously due to the expansion of Accra yet the lines have remained the same. They are now giving us lines that can improve the power situation in Accra”. he said whiles on a working visit to the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) in Accra.
The energy minister also added that Ghanaians should be calm and patient because what’s been implemented would make the situation better for all.
In his own words, He said:
“We should all be sincere and truthful in our communication. In 2016, the whole country was given periods when we are to receive power and when to be off. In 2016, the government of the day told us it was a generation problem. Even the opposition then said the government did not have money to buy fuel to power the generators. This is not a generation problem, this is not about fuel so how can we call it ‘Dumsor’?”.
“We are working feverishly to resolve the challenges which have arisen as a result of technical difficulties with our transmission lines and it is our hope that the issue will be resolved by the end of the year”