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General News of Thursday, 20 March 2014

Source: myjoyonline.com

Ghana's power crisis is Ghana-made - Akufo-Addo

A buoyant Nana Akufo-Addo, who announced his readiness to contest the party's flagbearership race on Thursday, has switched into campaign mood by attacking government's handling of the current power crisis facing Ghanaians.

The-two-time failed presidential candidate told party executives and supporters that God or Nigeria can no longer be blamed for our intractable power crisis.

"We cannot be blaming an act of God or Nigeria for our power crisis. It is Ghana made and must be fixed by Ghanaians," he stated.

The country is currently enduring a load management regime that has left many homes, offices and companies without electricity for 12 hours out of 60 hours. The erratic power supply has been on for over a year with the energy providers sometimes blaming the situation on natural causes and limited supply of gas from Nigeria.

But Akufo-Addo insists poor planning and lack of vision by the country's leadership must be blamed for the disaster.

In a speech that was punctuated with cheers, slogans and party songs, Nana Addo did not fail to unleash a-scatter-gun attack on how Ghana's economy is being managed.

He said much of the difficulty the country is facing is as a result of "widespread corruption" that has engulfed the country.

As a result of that the country cannot pay for its statutory funds, he pointed out.

"School feeding is in arrears. Ask yourself why. Contractors have not been paid. Ask yourself why?", Akufo-Addo told the spirited supporters.

What the country needs is a government that must "give value for money" even with the limited resources we have, he stated.

According to him, Ghana's infrastructural deficit has been estimated at $2 billion and yet the country in 2012 recorded a budget deficit of $4 billion. He said nothing of substance could be pointed to as value for the budget deficit.

Nana Akufo-Addo said the Finance Minister instead of thinking about how to grow the economy, has now been preoccupied with the responsibility of plucking this hole created by the budget deficit.

He said "Ghana can do better with the current state of affairs", reminding supporters that "we have unfinished business and I am ready to go back to work."

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