General News of Saturday, 14 June 2014
Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah is arguing that while the government is being forthright with power challenges facing the country, the opposing New Patriotic Party (NPP) did not add even a single megawatt of power to the national grid.
Ghana is currently experiencing power crisis that has left the country rationing electricity to homes, offices and companies.
But according to the Communications Minister, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government must be applauded for being forthright with information on the current challenges in the energy sector.
Speaking on Alhaji and Alhaji on Radio Gold Saturday, he said, the forthrightness is "the way to go" and that the government is currently "dealing with the situation."
He underscored the numerous successes chalked by the NDC government when it comes to increasing the country's power generation capacity.
Edward Omane Boamah lamented that unlike the NDC, the NPP during their eight-year tenure did not even add a single megawatt of power to the national grid.
"For their entire eight years, did they add one megawatt of electrical power to the capacity [we have today]?" he quizzed. "They (NPP) had the opportunity eight years."
According to him, since the NDC took over power they have been working to increase the electricity generation capacity in the country. He noted that, although these projects are futuristic, they will help curb the power challenges.
The Communications Minister noted that the government is introducing the Combined-cycle thermal power plant, the Kpong Thermal Plant, General Electric (GE) 1000-megawatt thermal power plant, the T3 Plant (which will add 132 megawatt), and the Naverongo Solar power project.
Omane Boamah disclosed that a huge chunk of the 500-million-dollar Millennium Compact will also go into the energy sector.
All these, including the commissioning of the Bui Power project, which the government added 170 million dollars for the project to be completed, are clear indications that the NDC is resolving the power challenges.
He was however worried that "even as we are adding, we are increasing our consumption."