By Cecil Mensah
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has expressed its deepest concern about the erratic power supply christened ‘dumsor’ being experienced by Ghanaians under the leadership of President John Dramatic Mahama.
The party said, the situation had been aggravated by the poor hydrology at the country’s hydroelectric dams and the breakdown of a number of thermal plants namely; TICO, TAPCO, ASOGLI, CENT among others.
The party pleaded with Ghanaians to exercise patients, as the President has demonstrated enough commitment to solve the problem in a systematic manner in the coming months.
Measures are being taken to address the issue and that works are far advanced in the provision of emergency energy power plants, the acceleration of ongoing work to bring on stream new thermal plants started a few years ago by the administration, the party said.
“Very soon the Kpone Thermal plant, T2, Aboadzi 250 Mega Watts, as well as the initiation of additional thermal plants such as, CERN, GE, AMANDI, JACOBEN and CLEAN COAL, will add over three thousand Mega Watts of power to the National generation capacity”.
Mr Fred Agbenyo, the Deputy Director of Communications of the NDC, expressed this concern in reaction to the demonstration by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the current power crisis in the country.
He said, as the party was taking steps to find a lasting solution to the crisis, the NPP has chosen the populist way of finding solutions to the problem, instead of coming to the table with objective solutions.
According to him, the NPP is not up to the task of contributing meaningfully to the development of the country.
It is on this premise that, the Deputy Director of Communications announced that the NEC of the party is firmly behind the President.
He said, the expectation of all Ghanaians would have been that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his NPP would intervene in the discussion with proposal and submission of clear alternative measures to those put forward by government.
He explained that the NPP rather chose to cement the widely held notion that the NPP as presently constituted is totally bereft of any new ideas and suffers a chronic inability to advance alternatives to government policies.
“The NPP have chosen the cheap option by harvesting the genuine public sentiments over the electricity situation for pretty partisan gain” he said
He noted that the NDC fully identifies with the concerns of Ghanaians on the electricity situation.
And in due course these measures put up by the government will result in the resolution of the challenges and ensure that the recurrences of the load shedding exercise crisis are averted.
He appealed to Ghanaians to reject the NPP’s brand of politics that celebrates every national setback for the sole purpose of achieving narrow political means.
He said through collective efforts ‘’we can work to overcome these challenges and rise to the occasion as one people’’.