Former President John Dramani Mahama talked about the power crisis he faced and the how it was thrashed before leaving office.
In addressing the Legislative House of Parliament, John Dramani Mahama explained that, his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has solve power crises (Dumsor) before exiting power.
In an address, Former President John Dramani Mahama said, “Mr speaker, the early years of this government was characterized by crippling power crisis. The shortage of power net were very unpopular load management programme. This shortage of power toppled the growth of our economy and affected business and residential customers.”
He continued by accepting wholeheartedly the emanating challenges and promised to deliver his at most.
Recounting his ordain, he said, “Many businesses have to resort to the use of generators to survive. Mr. Speaker, I stood on the floor of this very august house and took full responsibility of the crisis and promise that I will do my at most to fix the problem.”
Regarding energy addition to solve the crisis, he said, “It has taken a lot of hard work and effort fast-tracking the deployment of emergency plans and speeding up the completion of ongoing plans to ensure that we add more than 800mhz of power over an 18 months period.”
John Dramani Mahama again said “This increase generation in addition to the energy sector levy and ongoing works to restructure the legacy debt of the power utilities has help to stabilize the power situation in our country.”
“With the expectation of more domestic gas from 10 Tema and Sankofa fields, Ghana is entering into an era of energy self-sufficiency,” President Mahama described and boosted.
Here, he alerted the house saying, “Indeed, the warning signals have started sounding about the danger of over capacity and excess redundancy in our power generation sector.”
“We have agreed to work with the World Bank to rationalize the addition of new plants and ensure that we achieve optimum utilization of existing plant capacity,” he indicated the external support.
“Mr. Speaker, access to power under my administration has continue to increase. Ghana has one of the highest assess to electricity estimated to be above 80% currently,” he concluded.