The Deputy Energy Minister in charge of Power, has on behalf of government apologised to Ghanaians for the current erratic supply of power in the country.
William Owuraku Aiddo said the government is unhappy with the development and assured that all is being done to bring the situation under control.
“On behalf of the honourable Minister and President, of course, I want to apologise for what is happening and assure you that we are doing all we can to bring the supply of electricity to normalcy.”
The apology comes exactly two weeks after the Energy Minister, Peter Amewu promised that the outages which have left Ghanaians anxious will end in five days.
Things have gotten rather worse as within the past days, people have had to stay in the dark for as long as 12 hours. Some electricity consumers told Joy News that out of 24 hours, they only had power for an hour.
The Ghana National Gas Company has attributed the current outages to ongoing engineering works on pipelines transporting gas between Ghana and Nigeria.
Officials of Ghana Gas are expecting the project which will connect the pipelines from the Jubilee and TEN oil fields to the West African Gas Pipeline Company in Nigeria to be completed in 12 days.
Mr Aidoo said as discomforting as the situation is, it is in the best interest of Ghanaians for the engineering works to be carried out.
“Once we complete this work, it is going to inure to the huge benefit of the people of Ghana. You hear every now and then that there is no gas from Nigeria, the Nigeria pressure is low…meanwhile we have a huge amount of gas in the West so the whole idea is to have the ability to transport our stranded gas from the West to the East to feed the generators there,” he said.
He added that although the current outages are disrupting the lives of Ghanaians and businesses, it’s “a small price to pay,” because once the engineering works are done, there will be unlimited supply of power.
The Deputy Minister assured that the works will be done speedily and power will be restored in time.
Mr Aidoo has also rubbished claims that the power outages are as a result of financial challenges government is experiencing.
“We have enough fuel, contrary [to claims] that the government doesn’t have money and we are mismanaging the energy sector, that is absolute balderdash.”
“In a nutshell”, he noted, “All that I am trying to say is that we have taken the necessary steps to reduce to the barest minimum the disruption of power to the country”.