Chairman of the Bui Power Authority, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has described as ‘mischievous’ claims by the Minority in Parliament that the Authority is spending $3 million on golf park and a recreational centre for staff.
According to him, such a “laughable” assertion is part of a grand scheme by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to divert attention from its internal wrangling.
The Minority at a press conference in Accra, last week Thursday questioned the rationale behind spending such huge amount when majority of Ghanaians sleep in darkness.
But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme last Friday, Mr Asiedu Nketia said, the Authority has no such plan of building a golf park.
He indicated that though a golf park and a recreational centre are part of the original plan of the Bui City project, it will be under a Public Private Partnership in future.
General Mosquito, as he is popularly called, could not fathom why the NPP is bent on using Bui Dam Authority at a decoy to cover up its internal squabbles.
Asiedu Nketia who is also the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said “this time the Minority has shot itself in the foot because there is no iota of truth in their claim”.
Commenting on the current generation capacity of the Bui Dam, the Board Chairman stated that it will take three years for the dam to generate its full capacity.
General Mosquito said the dam is currently producing between 90 and 180 megawatts due to the water level.
In a related development, an official statement sent to The Herald by the Bui Power Authourity, in reaction to the statement by the Minority in
Parliament, it says, “Our attention has been drawn to a Press Statement issued and addressed by Hon. Osei Akoto of the Minority Caucus in Parliament on Thursday June 19, 2014 under the caption ‘After Senchi-Where is the economy of Ghana Heading?”’.
On page 4, paragraph 1 of the said document, the Hon Member stated that “How can the BUI Authority be allowed to spend money on golf courses when it cannot even produce at capacity. Who is going to play golf there? “.
It must be put on record first and foremost that, the statement continued “there are no such golf courses at Bui and there has not been any form of expenditure made for the construction of any such facility”.
It said “The Bui City Concept includes the idea of putting a resort facility which will have a golf course and other facilities to serve as a rest place for tourists who visit to see the Power Plant, the Reservoir and the Bui National Park which is the home of hippopotamus and other endangered species. The realization of the Bui City concept depends upon the attraction of public private participation to attract and establish businesses in the area and also develop the different components of the city according to the needs of the businesses and residents”.
“It is therefore erroneous for anyone to say that, the Bui Power Authority has been allowed to spend money on golf courses and we entreat the press to visit Bui to ascertain the veracity of the claim made by the Honourable Member.
“The diminished ability to generate power (below full capacity) is due to low water level in the reservoir. The exceedingly high level of generation support that the Bui Power Authority has been providing to the national electricity grid since the commissioning of the Bui Plant has caused the Bui reservoir level to fall to the minimum operating level of 168 masl.
“BPA however is monitoring the reservoir level and will revise the production plan as and when our reservoir builds up substantially”, the statement concluded.