After years of being on the receiving end, government has won back the hearts of Ghanaians following the measures it has put in place to ensure the power crisis is resolved forever.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said the erratic power challenges known as ‘dumsor’ is “dead”.
Presenting the 2018 economic policy of the government, he strongly believes the current improvement in the energy sector would put a stop to the agitations and demonstrations that were linked to dumsor.
He said, “When I presented the budget in March, I indicated our commitment to take strategic steps to fix the challenges facing the economy and restore hope to Ghanaians.”
“I’m happy to note that we have turned the economy around. We have achieved in one year, what seemed impossible to achieve in eight years.”Our SHS students have literally forgotten how to spell dumsor. Dumsor is dead,” Ken Ofori-Atta added.
How dumsor started
The frequent Ghanaian blackouts are caused by a power supply shortage. Ghanaian generating capacity is currently 400-600 megawatts.
Ghanaian electricity distributors regularly shed load with rolling blackouts.
At the beginning of 2015, the dumsor schedule went from 24 hours with light and 12 without to 12 hours with light and 24 without.
The long blackouts contrast with the practice in other countries, where blackouts roll rapidly so that no residential area is without power for more than one hour at a time