The much-dreaded power outages which Ghana experienced some years ago under the John Mahama administration have once again reared its ugly head in 2021 and it seems to be growing worse as the day goes by. Dumsor, which is the term Ghanaians use to refer to this terrible energy and power crisis has made many Ghanaians disappointed in President Akufo-Addo and his administration however, many are still wondering how and why dumsor came back and why this time especially. Well, here is why.
The power crisis of this country is a serious one that has unfortunately grown worse due to political games being played with it. Ghana largely depends on the Akosombo Dam for the generation of hydroelectricity and this practice has continued for well over 60 years but the problem is the lack of maintenance and proper management of the power systems of the country.
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Volta River Authority (VRA) are always hugely in debt most especially due to political mismanagement by the two parties. During the John Mahama era, NPP faithful were well aware that the problem of dumsor transcended John Mahama but because of political expediency, they chose to make political capital out of it instead of putting heads together to collaborate and solve the problem.
Little did the NPP know that this same devil of dumsor will visit them again and may even cost them more this time. But the good thing is that President Akufo-Addo has nothing to lose as far as his political capital is at stake. This is why dumsor came just after the 2020 elections.
Free water and free electricity were all invisibly burning a hole in the country’s pocket and creating invisible debts which we knew we would pay sooner or later. As political gimmicks would have it, NPP succeeded in selling the “freebies” to Ghanaians and now, the same Ghanaians are struggling to financially service these debts to keep the country moving forward.
Until political games are eliminated from the power and energy sector, dumsor will still persist and cause havoc. Politicians need to collaborate to put an end to this menace once and for all but clearly, the Akufo-Addo government will have to grapple with this issue for quite a while.
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