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Opinions of Monday, 9 September 2019

Columnist: K. Badu

Dumsor could well return

Dumsor 5 File photo

The revoltingly annoying and costly buzzing of generators across the length and breadth of the country, unfortunately, went on for well over five years to the utter dismay of the good people of Ghana.

Given the negative effects of dumsor on Ghanaians, it would only take a disputatious character to suggest that discerning Ghanaians have soon forgotten and forgiven Mahama for wilfully collapsing their businesses through dumsor.

We cannot also deny or hide the fact that for well over five years, Mahama’s dumsor, unfortunately, crippled businesses as a result of the mismanagement of the economy.

In fact, we can understand how and why some concerned Ghanaians, including some supporters within the NDC have been expressing their arousing disgust over former President Mahama’s desperation to return to the presidency after being voted out massively in 2016 due to his abysmal performance.

Apparently, the sceptics insist that Mahama was not up to the task during his tenure in office and therefore do not expect discerning Ghanaians to forgive and forget his dreadful errors in judgment and vote him back to the presidency in 2020.

If you may remember, the then running mate of NPP, Dr Mahmoud Bawumia, made it clear to the good people of Ghana that the dumsor was as a result of financial constraints due to Mahama administration’s unpardonable economic mismanagement.

As it was expected back then, the NDC faithful vehemently and needlessly refuted Dr Mahmoud Bawumia’s revelation.

It would thus appear that the Mahama’s government did not take the dumsor as a priority area.

Dearest reader, tell me, if the dumsor was a priority area for Mahama administration, how come the outgone NDC government rather paid dubious judgement debts to a tune of GH800 million instead of purchasing fuel to generate power?

In fact, it is not farfetched to conclude that the Mahama administration did not attach any importance to the power crisis.

Interestingly, in the 2013 World Bank’s Enterprise Survey on African economy, with special emphasis on Nigeria and Ghana, the report concludes that ‘dumsor’ (erratic electricity supply) is the biggest obstacle to the economic growth in Africa and hindrance to multi-national investors (World Bank 2013).

Evidently, in the gloomy days of dumsor under Mahama’s administration, amid plangent buzzing of generators all over the country, most businesses folded up amid massive unemployment.

In those days, self-employers like Hairdressers, Ice Kenkey Sellers, Butchers, among others, were the worst affected.

Disappointingly, however, in his desperation to solve the serious problem such as dumsor, Mahama administration ambivalently sign a superfluous ‘Take or Pay’ Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) in which Ghana is needlessly paying over $600 million per year for extra power we do not need.

By gleefully signing the excessive Power Purchasing Agreements and entering into a calamitous ‘Take or Pay’ deal, Ghanaian consumers are unfairly being forced to pay exorbitant electricity tariffs as a result of the Mahama government’s negligence.

Delightfully, however, the dumsor has since been brought under control by the NPP government under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo.

Shockingly, given the fact that dumsor massively affected the businesses of the diehard supporters of NDC, it is quite ironic that the same people are clamouring for the return of someone who wilfully collapsed their businesses through erratic electricity supply (dumsor).

In sum, it is only the brassbound NDC supporters who will refuse to recollect the negative effects of Mahama’s dumsor on Ghana’s economy.

But some of us, as a matter of principle, are not oblivious to the negative effects of dumsor, and therefore we are well-aware of the apocalypse of Mahama reclaiming the presidency.