THE ELECTRICITY Company of Ghana (ECG) has flatly denied concerns by some Ghanaians that power load shedding, also known as ‘Dumsor’, had returned.
Allaying the fears of the people, the electricity distribution company said the country is not going back to the dark days ‘Dumsor’, and has therefore called on the citizenry not to panic.
The Ashanti Regional Communications Director of the ECG, Erasmus Kyere-Baidoo, giving the assurance, when speaking on a Kumasi radio station admitted that there have been slight challenges, lately.
According to him, though he could not deny that there had been frequent power outages in some of parts of the country in recent times, the reasons for the outages are not so grievous to return the country to the ‘Dumsor’ era.
“Dumsor is defined as prolonged power outage, which comes as a result of shortage of generation, and luckily for us, we don’t have generation problem.
“GRIDCO recently announced that there is a gas pressure at Aboadze, which as a result is causing the frequent power outages in the country, in recent times.
“As I speak right now, experts are working assiduously to fix that problem and I am very sure that soon the power cuts will be over”, he assured on radio.
Mr. Kyere Baidoo disclosed that the ECG is indebted to GRIDCO, who are the generators of the power, but said the power cuts had nothing to do with the debt.
He, however, appealed to the millions of customers of the ECG to promptly pay their tariffs so that the company can serve them better.
‘Dumsor’ is a frightening word for most Ghanaians as several small scale enterprises and business folded up during a ‘Dumsor’ period, few years back.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government became unpopular and eventually lost the 2016 general elections following its inability to resolve the power crisis that hit the country since 2013.
FROM Marian Fouillard Winful, Kumasi