Ghanaians were relieved when the current government admitted that the problem of erratic power supply had been resolved during their first term in office. There was some sort of argument amongst Ghanaians as to who solved the problem and thus, deserved the full credit. Till date, the argument inconspicuously continues. Getting to the latter end of 2020 and during the campaign year (2020) to be precise, reliefs in the form of free water and abated price of electricity were given to Ghanaians and presented nicely as a form of relief against the problems that came along with the COVID-19 pandemic. In my opinion, this disguised and hypocritical plan indirectly worked perfectly well for them as it managed to earn them some encouraging votes for the 2020 election.
Matthew Opoku Prempeh was appointed as the Minister of Energy by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo in his second term in office. Speaking about his position, it is worth noting that Matthew Opoku Prempeh's field and specialty as a professional and educated personality is Medicine and Human Biology as he studied it as a field for his tertiary education and he furthered it again. One would expect that he gets a ministerial appointment at the Ministry of Health or any other health related governmental post. To the utmost dismay of Ghanaians, he was appointed as Minister of Education and now, Minister of Energy.
The Electricity Company of Ghana published a timetable for power outages that were to be experienced in some parts of Accra, The explanation given by the Ghana Grid Company Limited, an electricity transmission company in Ghana, and the Ministry of Education was that the power outages that were to be experienced was a result of some upcoming and ongoing maintenance and repair works on a number of its equipment and plants.
“People are hanging on 330kV and 161,000 volts power lines to upgrade the power cables. We can’t have electricity running through these lines whilst work is being done on it. So we have to put out the lights somewhere so that someone can do that work.”, Matthew Opoku Prempeh explained. Another fascinating comment he made was that what the country was facing was not "Dumsor" but it was "Dumsiesie". This generated funny reactions.
Neutrally speaking, there seems to be some hidden information about this power outages we are facing. If indeed there were real ongoing maintenance, why then couldn't they complete their alleged maintenance within the stipulated time range within which they provided? I say this because they have released another timetable which will affect some parts of Accra. Currently, Ghanaians have lost hope in the current administration as coupled with the problem of power outages are economic hardship and other more troubles.
There has been much speculations among some Ghanaians as to if Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the NPP government are hiding the truth from Ghanaians. In my perception, the problem is not as a result of any maintenance but I am sure there are certain skeletons hidden in the closets. The fact that this power fluctuation started immediately after they gave free electricity and somehow, reduced price of electricity during the lockdown period keeps Ghanaians in a state of confusion.
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