You may have heard President John Dramani Mahama in his last State of The Nation Address in his First Term literally puffing out his chest on what his administration has achieved in the annals of the country history regarding the erratic power supply that appeared like an albatross around the neck of Ghanaians.
Showering praises on the then Power Minister and his Deputy – Dr Kwabena Donkor and John Jinapor respectively – and the “competent technical team” that ensured the refrain “dum-sor” virtually ceased to be an everyday part of Ghanaians’ song, President Mahama indicated that his government has been able to achieve “the fastest mobilization of emergency power in the history of Ghana” as far as solving the energy crisis (dumsor) is concerned.
“A year ago, I stood before this very august house and promised to fix the power sector deficit that at the time had become a significant constraint to the economic growth and a destruction to Ghanaians both home and at work. This was a time of considerable national anxiety…
“…Businesses faced challenges, and I expressed my full regret to the nation and I took full responsibility as President and leader of this nation and Commander-in-Chief. It has not been easy. It has been a year of hard work; Hard work that has made us to achieve the fastest mobilization of emergency power in the history of Ghana…
“…But much work still needs to be done to give us the comfort of sustainable generation going forward…,” President Mahama said.
Some have taken the president’s remarks to mean Ghanaians will never experience any form of power outage again.
Deputy Minister for Power, John Jinapor, has sought to correct that impression.
Contributing to a panel discussion on PeaceFM’s flagship programme “Kokrokoo”, he was unambiguous that the four-year-old power crisis is “over “as promised by the Mahama-led administration.
He however disclosed that the problem has been solved momentarily because there is enough power being generated to supply the whole country.
He noted that just as the president said on Thursday that “much work still needs to be done to give us the comfort of sustainable generation going forward”, the country needs to shed its dependence on Nigeria for gas.
“Yes Dumsor is over as we speak because we are not embarking on shedding loads but let me indicate that there’s a lot for us to do. One of the things is for us to develop our own gas so that we won’t depend on Nigeria. Now the Nigeria gas pipe line is very erratic,” John Jinapor said on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo
Reiterating government’s resolve to fast-track and finalize other power generation components so Ghanaians can comfortably go about their businesses, the deputy power minster told Kwami Sefa Kayi that “for now Dumsor is over but there’s a lot to do to end it (completely).”