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General News of Sunday, 1 March 2015


Baako cynical April deadline to end 'dumsor'

Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has expressed pessimism about the short-term approach that President Mahama has preferred for ending the energy crisis.

Speaking on Joy FM’s current affairs programme News File, Kweku Baako said he was not quite sure the country would be out of the energy crisis by April this year as claimed by certain government communicators including the Power Minister.

“I believe that ending the energy crisis is necessary except that I am a bit cynical about the short-term approach, especially the April deadline…,” he said while commenting on the President’s State of the Nation address.

The highest point of the President's annual State of the Nation Address to the Legislature was his promise to not just manage the energy crisis, but ‘fix it’.

“I do not intend to manage the situation, I intend to fix it. I, John Dramani Mahama, will fix this energy challenge," the President promised on the floor of Parliament.

His promise adds to a litany of missed deadlines for the ending of the three-year-old energy crisis which is fast crippling the country’s economy.

Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor promised after his appointment that he would ensure the energy crisis ends by the end of 2015.

But these promises, Kweku Baako said, are necessary to end the crisis, but he wasn’t sure the April 2015 deadline can be met.

He applauded the President for speaking extensively on the power crisis, since that is the major problem in the country now.