Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has outlined the despondency in Ghana’s energy sector under the Mahama regime.
Delivering a public lecture at the National Theatre on the state of the economy, Dr. Bawumia says since President John Dramani Mahama took the reins of leadership, Ghana’s industrialization agenda has been threatened.
He continued that the NDC- Mahama government has further threatened the progress and operations of the Volta River Authority (VRA) and run the country’s energy sector into huge debts.
“The energy sector has been badly managed since the Mills/Mahama government took over the reins of government in 2009. The poor management of the sector has been characterized by generating shortfalls and corrupt procurement, frequent power cuts, inefficiencies and unsustainable debts. While the government is engaged in questionable power procurement, our dedicated State-owned power infrastructure from which revenue is generated by our utilities is collapsing,” he noted.
He added that “Akosombo has constantly been over-drafted. Thermal plants are frequently breaking down and all our plants operate below capacity. The poor maintenance of our generation plants has weakened the sector, further undermining long-term expansion, energy security whilst the demand for electricity grows by 12% annually.”
According to Dr. Bawumia, the Mahama government keeps denying the truth and so, the energy sector also keeps crippling.
” . . the government has kept denying it and it’s taken them too long to face up to the fact and in the meantime, they’ve visited ‘dumsor’ upon us for 5 years. Today, the energy sector faces an unprecedented financial crisis in Ghana’s history.”