George Mireku Duker, who is the Vice Chairman of Parliament’s Committee on Mines and Energy says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) should apologise to Ghanaians for the creating a huge debt in the energy sector.
He said the current administration is having challenges with debts caused by the NDC and that is accounting for the current power outages.
Admitting that financial constraints are part of the reasons for the nationwide power cuts that are generating public disaffection for the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, Mr Duker notes, for instance, that emergency power deals signed during the John Mahama era was poorly negotiated.
“If you are calling a [power] plant an emergency plant and you sign agreement for ten years, do you still call it an emergency plant?,” he said in reference to the Karpower deal on Tuesday evening on MultiTV’s PM Express.
“While people are signing an agreement for 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, you [NDC] were doing 14 to 17 cents per kilowatt-hour. What do you expect? Sometimes when you are frustrated you tend to do things that you regret later. But you should have the wherewithal to come and apologise to Ghanaians,” he said.
While the government says the power outages are technical and would be resolved soon, the Minority says poor management of the sector has led to debts that are impeding the constant supply of power.
The Institute for Energy Security (IES) has also said the power cuts that have been going on for the past two months but has intensified these past few days is a financial problem.