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General News of Monday, 3 October 2016

Source: 3 News

Bringing power barges to solve dumsor was 'brainless' – Dr. Mahama

The flagbearer of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama has described governments’ decision of purchasing power barges to solve the country’s energy crisis as “brainless and a lazy approach.”

According to him “the introduction of the power barge is not only a knee-jerk approach but a lazy and brainless approach to kill Ghanaians with unbearable tariffs. A municipal waste generation profile (MWGP) would be developed.

“It’ll be useful in building waste to energy plants in communities with excessive waste generation potential. This approach will improve the energy mix and promote development through green, reliable and affordable energy delivery.”

Speaking on TV3’s political program The Platform, the PNC’s flagbearer indicated that if he is given the mandate to govern the affairs of the country, his government would deal with the power crisis with home grown policies which would have saved consumers lots of money.

Ghana since 2008 has struggled with its power issues and the current NDC administration has managed to take major steps in reducing what has become known as ‘Dumsor’.

In 2016, government brought in some power barges to augment the hydro plants in the country. Due to lack of fuel and gas or their expensive means of purchasing them, cost of electricity tariffs have gone up. This has raised several concerns by power consumers some of whom say their businesses have folded up.

Dr. Ayariga says through private and public partnership, his government would raise funding to undertake his power policies and completely get the country out of the power crisis.

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