Power Cuts: 'No money, mismanagement' claims 'absolute balderdash' – Deputy Minister
The claim by some people that Ghana is experiencing intermittent power cuts due to a financially-challenged energy sector is “absolute balderdash”, a Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr William Owuraku Aidoo has said.
“We have enough fuel, contrary [to claims] that the government doesn’t have money and we are mismanaging the energy sector, that is absolute balderdash”, Mr Aidoo said on Monday, April 1, at a press conference in Accra.
“In a nutshell”, he noted, “All that I am trying to say is that we have taken the necessary steps to reduce to the barest minimum the disruption of power to the country”.
The Deputy Minister also apologised for the power outages.
“All I will say now on behalf of the Hon. Minister, the President course, is to apologise to the people of Ghana and to assure you that we are doing all we can to bring the supply of electricity to normalcy.”
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Speaking in the United States at the weekend, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that except for one or two unfortunate incidents, "we have been able to handle ‘’", adding that the US$2.4 billion legacy debts he inherited from the Mahama government is being cleared, and consequently, “today, we are exporting energy to Burkina Faso, we will begin, again, to Togo.”
Speaking at a town hall meeting with members of the Ghanaian community on Saturday, March 30, in Worcester, Massachusetts, President Akufo-Addo said the provision of sustainable, reliable power is key to the smooth operation of the bauxite, iron and steel industries that are being created by his administration.
On March 28, 2019, a former Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor, said Ghana’s energy sector is in “serious financial distress”.
According to him, until the government pumps in the necessary funds to rescue the sector, the intermittent power cuts experienced by customers will persist.