The Energy Minister John Peter Amewu has assured that the recent power outages experienced in various parts of the country will cease.
Speaking to the media in Accra Monday, Mr Amewu said the power outage, popularly known as ‘dumsor’ was as a result of insufficient gas supply to major power generating plants but said the problem has since been resolved.
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“The current power difficulty that we have over the past few days would be gradually brought under control. Going forward, the challenges will be totally minimised,” he said.
He said there were some challenges with the supply of gas due to problems from the Sankofa and Jubilee fields.
He also revealed that there were serious challenges with gas supply from Nigeria and that has doubled the woes of power producers locally.
The government, according to him, has assembled technocrats from significant institutions including the Volta River Authority (VRA), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as well as others to resolve the problem.
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“There is no problem anymore with generation and transmission, that has been fixed,” he added.
The Energy Minister also assured the public that “everything is now working fine. What has happened in the last few days is not financial. It’s purely technical and that we have solved”.
“There may well be some localised problems here and there which are distribution problems to which I will entreat people to have patience while the ECG goes round to solve them.
In the wake of the recent outages, the opposition NDC has accused the government of failing to pay debts owed the power producers.
But the Energy Ministry has debunked the claim.
While the sector minister admits there still remains debt to be paid to power producers, it has refused to attribute the recent outages to the debt.
According to him, the NPP government inherited a debt of $2.8 billion in the energy sector and has retired over 500,000 with an outstanding $2.3bn still remaining.
Peter Amewu decried what he said were debts being incurred by ministries, departments, and agencies, assuring that steps are being taken to ensure these offices use solar forms of energy.
Listen to the Minister’s statement on the issue above.