Gross mismanagement and abuse of funds cause of ongoing ‘dumsor’ – Minority

The Minority in Parliament has dismissed the assertion by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) that overloaded transformers are to blame for the current erratic Power supply.

ECG in a statement informed customers their power might go off from between 7 to 11 pm every day.

Addressing the media ranking member for the Committee on Energy John Jinapor accused the government of abusing the Cash Waterfall Mechanism through the diversion of funds.

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According to the former deputy Power Minister, out of 820 million cedis received from the sale of energy and the expected 200 million cedis Finance Ministry top-up to amount of over 1 billion.

Independent Power Producers (IPPs) were supposed to be paid 500 million and the rest shared among the rest.

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However, ECG only paid 120 million cedis to IPPs.

The Yapei MP warned the development will be reported to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“As you may be aware there have been some consistent erratic power supply for almost two months now. The Minority has been monitoring the situation and we can confirm that contrary to the false impression emanating from ECG that, they are in the process of maintaining some transformers.

“The reality is that there is a deficit in generation. A deficit in generation means that the generation capacity is not able to meet the demand. Because of that, there has to be what we call load shading popularly known as dumsor. This has been consistent and going on for about two months.

“But what surprises us is the intransigent of the managers of the Energy Sector by refusing to admit the truth that they have a generation challenge. This generation challenge is largely on account of the inability of the government to support ECG in procuring fuel,” Mr. Jinapor stated.

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