General News of Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Source: Today Newspaper

Show proof you’ve ended ‘dumsor’ – Minority to government

Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu constituency, Mr Albert Alalzuuga Akuka, has challenged the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to show Ghanaians valid evidence of its achievement in the energy sector since it took over from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

“I challenge the finance minister and his government to show us one megawatts of additional power that they have generated …just one megawatts of additional power that has ended the erratic power crisis that the John Mahama’s reign had already ended last year in this country,” he said.

The MP for Garu was reacting to claims by the Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, and the NPP government, that their administration has worked very hard to end the ‘dumsor’ crises.

Presenting the 2018 Budget in Parliament on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Finance Minister, Mr Ofori-Atta, among other things announced that government had finally ended the power crisis as promised.

“When I presented the budget in March, I indicated our commitment to take strategic steps to fix the challenges facing the economy and restore hope to Ghanaians.

“I’m happy to note that we have turned the economy around. We have achieved in one year, what seemed impossible to achieve in eight years.”’

“We’ll like to assure Ghanaians that the government of President Nana Akufo- Addo is a government which delivers on its promises, we promised to end dumsor and we’ve done that,” Mr Ofori Atta stated.

But, Mr Akuka in his contribution to the ongoing debate on the 2018 Budget Statement on the floor of Parliament, refuted what he described as ‘falsehood’ peddled by the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government that they have ended the frequent power outages, christened: ‘dumsor.’

“Nana Addo’s government never ended the power crises in this country, what I know is that John Mahama stabilised power in the country in 2016; so for them (NPP) to claim credit for that, is quiet unfortunate,” Mr Akuka said.

The MP for Garu said the NPP’s government was not being truthful with the people of Ghana for claiming ownership of projects they haven’t initiated or completed.

He said that most roads that the finance minister said were ongoing or yet to be started had already been started by the NDC administration before leaving power on January 7, 2017.