Football fans in Ghana will have to search for alternative power for their television sets ahead of the World Cup because the nation’s power suppliers cannot guarantee an uninterrupted electricity supply.

Residents have endured a rather painful erratic power supply and hope to get a windfall during the frenzy world cup season.

But neither the President, John Evans Atta Mills, nor the Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Cephas Gapko, can guarantee a constant power supply.

John Mills told the BBC in an interview “I am praying that the outages will be cut to a minimum,” but cannot guarantee that because he suspects there will be a huge strain on the supply chain because a lot of people will be watching the World Cup.

“I cannot say there will be no outages but we are working very hard at it and we will make sure we give people what they want,” he said.

In an interview with Joy News’ Araba Koomson, Mr. Cephas Gakpo said electricity supply cannot be full proof anywhere in the world.

“No utility company anywhere in the world has ever said there will be uninterrupted electricity as far as I know; what we can promise is that ECG will do it very best with minimum interference from the network.”

On the measures the ECG is making towards minimizing power supplies, Mr Gakpo said all planned maintenance has been halted for the period of the World Cup

Trees and all vegetation close to electricity networks have been pruned to ensure that they do not break onto electricity poles which could cause power cuts.

There would be stand-by vehicles around to quickly restore power any time it goes down, he explained.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/


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