Government has dismissed reports that the current load shedding (Dumsor) will end by Monday December 14, 2015.
This position is inconsistent with the clear assurance by the Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor who has indicated that ‘dumsor’ will end by next week due to the comprehensive measures put in place in the power sector .
Speaking on TV3’s Hot Issues programme, the sector Minister who has confidently assured of resigning his position if ‘dumsor’ persist by end of December said:
“Subject any unforeseen circumstance, from next week, consumers will begin to feel the easing of the load shedding and by Christmas, but again, subject to any unforeseen circumstances; load shedding should be at the barest minimum if it exist at all.
“It may not exist as at Christmas or as at the end of the month. But the caveat is that, for example if the FPSO trips, we’ll have a challenge for the short period that we will have to bring it back.”
However speaking on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme, the last edition for the year, the Communications Minister emphasized that ending ‘dumsor’ next week will not be feasible.
He was answering a question from the former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie about whether Ghanaians should believe the Power Minister’s assurance.
Dr Omane Boamah noted that per the measures currently in place it is impossible for dumsor to end by Monday.
“The Power minister claim of ‘dumsor’ ending next week is news to me, I’ve not heard him say that. We read all kinds of things and sometimes they are all not the truth. It is very clear that per the arrangements in place it is not possible for ‘dumsor’ to end next week.
But the Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has assured Ghanaians that there will be uninterrupted power supply during the Christmas season barring any unforeseen circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that we have a very good Christmas and we are working around the clock not just to provide power during the Christmas, but to continue to provide power in a reliable and sustainable manner and so it would depend on the load that we have during Christmas. The good news will be that during Christmas some industries will go on break and so the depend compared to the normal working hours will be quite low and so the expectation is that we’ll not have co not to have load shedding during Christmas.”
He noted that the Karpowership has begun test firing and has begun feeding the national grid.