NPP cast doubt on gov’t’s ability to end ‘dumsͻ’ in 2015

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has challenged government to come out with clear timelines and details of how the announced medium- and long-term measures adopted to solve the erratic power supply will be achieved.

According to the party, government’s assurances through the Ministry of Power are “insincere” and “misleading”.

On Monday, February 2, Minister of Power Dr Kwabena Donkor said government is committed to permanently ending the crisis – popularly known as dumsͻ dumsͻ – this year.

“Loadshedding will end this year,” Dr Donkor assured on Monday at a meeting with journalists.

But the NPP says the Power Minister “fell short of providing financial details and timeline for” the power projects.

“How is government going to fund such projects, especially so when it was not captured in the 2015 budget which was read on the floor of Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Seth Tekper?” NPP asked.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we want to request the government to provide us with the project details of the short-term measures and also clear timelines for the completion of the aforementioned power projects,” the NPP said at a press conference on Tuesday, February 3.

They claim the energy crisis is taking a heavy toll on Ghanaians.

“The load shedding is destroying small and medium enterprises. Big companies are downsizing therefore increasing job losses and unemployment.”

The opposition party called for “pragmatic” plans to end the crisis.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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