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SOTN 2015: I’ll fix energy problem – Mahama

President John Mahama has said he will fix Ghana’s worsening energy crisis.

He told Parliament on Thursday February 26, 2015 during his state of the nation address that: “I John Dramani Mahama will fix this challenge.”

Mr Mahama said the effect of the worsening power crisis has affected all Ghanaians.

He empathised with Industry, businesses, artisans: barbers, hairdressers as well as small scale businesses over the debilitating effect which the crisis is having on them.

Mr Mahama, however, pointed out that: “We have been here before in 1998, 2007.”

According to him, unlike in the past when the problem was “managed,” he intends to “fix it.”

He promised that his Government will add an additional 3,665 megawatts to the power grid, adding that the Government intends focusing more on thermal rather than hydro-electric power sources.

Ghana is currently shedding between 400 and 700 Megawatts of power between off-peak and peak periods due to a shortfall in production which has been attributed to lack of gas supply to thermal plants across the country from the West Africa Gas Pipeline in Nigeria, as well as poor hydrology of the three main hydro-electric power stations: Akosombo, Bui and Kpong.

Also, the breakdown of some thermal plants while others are undergoing maintenance at the same time, have also been blamed for the problem as well as the lack of money to buy crude oil to fuel some of the thermal plants.

Mr Mahama told Parliament he will surmount the energy problem and fix it.


Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5fm

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