President of the Republic of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo has said that his administration has solved the continuous power outages popularly known as ‘Dumsor’ within the three years of the NPP’s governance.
Some Ghanaians, including key members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have expressed fears that dumsor is back following recent intermittent power cuts across the country.
But addressing Parliament on Thursday as he delivered the State of the Nation Address, President Akufo-Addo noted that the problem of ‘dumsor’ had been resolved. He added that the energy sector suffered a lot of setbacks with the introduction of the NDC’s take or pay contracts but his government is working hard to find a lasting solution for consistency in power production.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to say that we have overcome the Dumsor menace. But, unfortunately, I cannot say that we have resolved all our energy sector problems. It is still a work in progress.
“The take or pay contracts resulted in the country being saddled with expensive excess power, and our having to pay nearly one billion United States dollars, in 2018 and 2019, for power we did not need. We are working to find a way out to ensure reliable power supply at a cost that makes us competitive,” he said.
Dumsor was rampant in the Mahama Administration leading to one of the biggest demonstrations against the Mahama administration, the ‘Dumsor must stop vigil.’
The vigil, led by Actress Yvonne Nelson, with support from her colleague celebrities sought to mount pressure on the then President to work on the unstable supply of electricity which was affecting productivity in Ghana.