Whether dumsor is back or not, current power outages must be resolved immediately – Prof Adei

The Chairperson of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has charged stakeholders responsible for the nation’s power sector to resolve the current power outages as quickly as possible. Emeritus Professor Stephen Adei who considers electricity as the nerves and veins of the modern economy said the intermittent outages could have a grave effect on Ghana’s growing economy. In an interview on JoyNews’ AM Show Monday, the Economist stressed that the current power challenges must be fixed expeditiously not only to save the economy but to also make lives comfortable for the citizenry. “There is no doubt that modern economies run on electricity therefore you cannot trifle with electricity. So what is happening, whether dumsor has returned [or not], irrespective of the reasons, it is not good for the economy. “It is not good for revenue collection and it is going to lead to more borrowing to finance the State, so it must be resolved quickly,” he told host Benjamin Akakpo. The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) in March revealed that it is in discussions with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to develop a load-shedding timetable for power outages in some parts of the country. The table, according to the country’s power transmission company will provide details of the time and places that would experience power outages at any point in time between April and June this year. Management of GRIDCo indicated that some towns in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Winneba in the Central Region and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan would be affected. Energy Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh subsequently revealed that some parts of the nation will from May experience systematic power outages. Source:myjoyonline

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