Former Minister of Energy in control of Power underneath the National Democratic Congress( NDC), John Jinapor desires the federal government to be candid in explaining the explanations for the latest power outages.
He says all explanations supplied by the federal government up to now are palpably false because the blackouts just lately skilled throughout the nation is due to an enormous financial burden within the power sector.
This week marked the fourth time in three years that Ghana has confronted near-total grid shutdown, a scenario authorities blamed on the disruption from the development of the highway interchange on the Pokuase-APC junction which has taken the 33kV Aboadze-Tema.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, nevertheless, John Jinapor insisted that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have to be truthful to Ghanaian and admit that the power rationing has change into essential due to the debt owed by main gamers within the power distribution chain.
He stated the development of the highway interchange as claimed by the federal government was far halted earlier than the start of the blackouts.
“Because you don’t have money, today when we experiencing ‘dumsor’, you tell us that the very work that has been halted is responsible for the load shedding. It doesn’t make sense.”
“There are persistent power outages because we are not paying for the power we consume. We are running huge losses. Let us take a holistic approach and concede that there are serious financial issues and let’s all come together to see how we can resolve these challenges. We can’t continue to blame this problem on tripping. If you knew you were going to do an upgrade and it is going to affect transmission, it would have been proper to issue a schedule ahead of time. This is an attempt to deceive the people of Ghana. They are having a major challenge and this government should agree, concede and let’s help resolve the challenge”, he added.
Why the money owed?
Providing extra causes to again his declare, the Member of Parliament for Yapei/Kusawgu accused the federal government of misappropriating monies wanted to revamp the power trade.
He additionally blamed utility service suppliers of mismanaging sources given them to allow them to serve the citizenry with a considerable quantity of power.
“They are not using the ESLA levy properly. ESLA levy is supposed to generate over Ghc 3billon annually and we ought to use that to pay the debts and use part o fit to cushion challenges. They are rather borrowing the money and using it for pension fund. MMMDAs, MDAS are not paying for the fuel that they consume. This is creating a major bottleneck in the value chain. The power utility agencies are not making efficient use of the resources available. That is why we are seeing this huge accumulated debt.”
More blackouts anticipated as GRIDCo urges PDS to redistribute power
Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has served discover that households ought to count on power cuts over the following 5 days after it suggested the Power Distribution Service (PDS) to start the redistribution of power.
It stated the Pokuase disruption has “limited the capacity of the transmission network,” GRIDCo stated in an announcement.
“GRIDCo had accordingly advised Power Distribution Services (PDS) to redistribute loads at various Bulk Supply Points to ensure system stability. This may result in outages to some electricity consumers,” the assertion stated.
The Chief Executive Officer GRIDCo Jonathan Amoako-Baah had earlier stated he anticipated the challenges to final for just a few days.
The firm has additionally burdened that there isn’t any load shedding ongoing.
ACEP urges GRIDCO, others to be extra open with shoppers
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has urged extra transparency from the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) as Ghanaians develop extra involved a couple of attainable return to the load shedding that marked the nation’s power disaster some six years in the past.
GRIDCo has over time failed to present complete causes for the occurrences to the Ghanaian public.
ACEP in an announcement burdened that “GRIDCo, and for that matter, every power utility, must inform Ghanaians well ahead of time about hiccups in the system so as to prevent the kind of confusion and public agitation we see now.”
ACEP additionally questioned the standard of some the tools GRIDCo use.
By: Nii Larte Lartey | citinewsroom.com | Ghana | [email protected]