Stop your false claims about the power sector   – Mahama to Akufo-Addo

The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has challenged the government to tell Ghanaians the number of megawatt power it has added to the national grid since assuming office.

Addressing NDC members and supporters at Ashalley Botwe on Tuesday, he said the Akufo-Addo government is yet to add anything significant  to the power generation capacity it inherited.

Mr Mahama explained  that it was  during his administration that power plants like Ameri and Karpower were procured to end the then erratic power supply in Ghana, adding his government totally ended the erratic power supply in December 2015.

“If NPP is claiming to have ended dumsor,  they should tell me one power plant they have added to the       existing ones. The answer is zero”, he said.

Mr. Mahama noted that successive governments from Dr Kwame Nkrumah have all tried to add a certain number of megawatts  to  the  national  grid, except the  Akufo-Addo  regime  which has failed to add anything to the national generation capacity.

He said the next NDC government  will continue to develop the energy sector, including renewable energy, and extend rural electrification to communities without light.

The NDC  presidential  candidate  also  suggested that president Akufo-Addo  is avoiding  a presidential debate ahead of the elections because his government has no achievement to boast  of, despite borrowing  over 100  percent more than the  amount  the  Mahama government took in loans for development projects all over the country.

On job  creation, Mr Mahama said it is high on his agenda and  he will work hard to create a minimum of one million jobs for the people when elected. He said he will also implement a Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Free T-VET) policy as well as  state-sponsored National  Apprenticeship  programme  to  empower the youth with  employable skills. He added that those who go into  apprenticeship  will also be given toolkits upon the completion of their apprenticeship training.

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