Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South, Nana Akomea says the erstwhile Kufuor administration cannot be blamed for the current power crisis in the country.
According to him, the Mahama-led administration failed to put in place prudent measures to generate enough energy for both domestic and industrial use.
Nana Akomea was reacting to claims by the Energy Minister, Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah that the erstwhile Kufuor administration is to blame for the current energy crisis in the country.
In an interview with JoyNews, the Energy Minister said successive governments failed to invest in the energy sector.
The Minister who had just return from Nigeria to ensure regular supply of gas said plans are far advanced to increase gas supply from 30 million to 50 million cubic feet.
Armah Kofi-Buah appealed for calm as government put in place measures to resolve the energy crisis, including the local production of gas as one of the main options.
But Nana Akomea on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday said the Energy Minister is being economical with the truth.
Citing the Bui Power Authority initiated by the erstwhile Kufuor administration to corroborate his clam, he said plans were afoot to build a gas plant before the NPP exited office in 2000.
Nana Akomea bemoaned what he says is the high level of “dishonesty” in government at a time drastic measures were needed to solve the energy crisis.
He said businesses are collapsing and others are folding up due to the intermittent power supply christened “dumsor dumsor” in the country and yet government is blaming NPP for its woes.
The former Okaikoi MP indicated that Ghanaians have for the past two years been plunged into darkness and thus government’s use of propaganda will rather exacerbate the already volatile situation.
He said the power crisis is due to government’s “inefficiency and incompetence” and not because the erstwhile Kufuor administration failed to invest.
“The current situation we find our selves demands proactive measures not blame games. Government must make critical investment in the energy sector to guarantee uninterrupted power supply” he stressed.
Nana Akomea urged government to quit the blame game and find a lasting solution to the power crisis in the shortest possible time.