A former Deputy Energy Minister under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, John Jinapor, wants the government to be truthful about the recent power outages being experienced in the country.
According to him, although government cleared huge debts accrued over decades, it still owes Karpower ¢2.6m, a situation he says has forced the power company to downgrade supply to 50 megawatts.
Many parts of the capital, since last week, have been experiencing erratic power supply.
Though the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) had explained that they had some challenges with gas supply, Mr Jinapor insists the explanation by GRIDCO is not tenable, especially when there is supposed to be a power reserve margin that can be utilized in times of such shortfalls.
“I think the government is not being truthful to us. They should just tell us the truth about the recent dumsor. I believe it’s important that we think about the long-term and not the short term. As I’m speaking with you now, the government owes Karpower a 2.6 million cedis aside other debts that have forced them to cut their supply to 50 megawatts,” he said.
John Jinapor was speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem Monday.
To Mr Jinapor, the country has enough resources to provide adequate power and the irregular power situation is a clear indication of the government’s mismanagement of these resources, hence the situation.