Minority appeals to leadership to summon Napo over recent power outages

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The House leadership has been urged by the Minority in Parliament to call Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh to provide an update on the government’s response to the recent power outages.

The Tamale North MP, Alhassan Suhuyini, voiced concern on Friday, March 1, regarding the negative impacts of the power outages on homes and businesses.

He appealed to the leadership of the House during the annual business statement presentation.

“Many people and businesses are unable to plan their activities and their programmes and they also sometimes have to find extra money to power their generators for their businesses and many people do not know what is happening.

They are told that there are planned and unplanned programmes and load is being shed, so it is important that the leadership of the House makes it possible for the Energy Minister to brief the House next week on the power situation and why fellow countrymen and women have to deal with the on and off situation. Ghanaians need to understand why they sleep in darkness” he said.

Tamale Central MP Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed related a heartbreaking story about a National Service Personnel who became stuck in one of Parliament’s elevators after a power outage and called for Ghanaians to be informed about developments affecting the power industry.

“My issue has to do with the erratic power supply. Just two days ago, there was a National Service Personnel who was trapped in one of the lifts when the power went off. She was traumatized when she finally exited the lift and so are we able to quantify the psychological trauma that people go through as a result of this and so it is essential that the Minister for Energy responds to this House to explain to us so we can explain to our constituents what is happening” he stated.

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have been urged by numerous Ghanaians in recent times to publish a low shedding time table.

In his most recent state of the nation address, President Akufo Addo boasted about having kept the lights on for the previous seven years.

A few hours after the address, darkness descended on parts of Accra.

The Ghanaian Electricity Company is adamant that DUMSOR will not return.

John Jinapor, the Yapei-Kusawgu member of parliament and ranking member of the mining and energy committee, has directed the power sector’s handlers to promptly release a low shedding schedule so that Ghanaians can make plans in advance.

despite the fact that the Minority blames the recent power outages on a fuel shortage and some thermal plants’ inefficiency.

Samuel Dubik Mahama, Managing Director of ECG, claims that the nation has advanced in addressing the power crisis.

“An outage is an outage,” stated Mr. Mahama in an interview with Bola Ray on Starr Chat. On the line disturbance is what we refer to as Dumsor. Thus, Dumsor has returned.

The unstable power supply has been ascribed by the company to maintenance problems.

“We are having major maintenance issues, the issue we are having now has nothing to do with fuel. You are relying on a power plant that is to give you about 360 megawatts then around 4pm the gas emergency safety valve has a problem. What do you do? It is a machine” Mr Mahama said.

“If we talk, we won’t send positive signs into the public domain. But we need to actually know that this is our situation. If we are doing it in our private sector, would we speculate? Mr Mahama stated.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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