Deputy Minister for Power, Hon John Jinapor, has stated that though the power crisis that bedeviled the country for more than three years has been resolved, a lot more work needs to be done to consolidate the gains made so far in the power sector.
Contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM's flagship programme "Kokrokoo", the Deputy Minister was unambiguous that the load shedding exercise has been brought under control as President Mahama promised in year’s State Of the Nation Address, we should not be complacent.
He noted that just as the President said on Thursday that "much work still needs to be done to give us the comfort of sustainable generation going forward", the country needed to continue and develop other Gas fields discovered to avoid dependence on erratic Fuel supplies from external sources.
Reiterating the President’s statement during the state of the nation address, the Hon Jinapor told Kwami Sefa Kayi host of the programme that “for now Dumsor is over but there’s a lot more to be done to sustain it".
“Yes Dumsor is over” as we speak because we are not shedding load but let me indicate that there’s a lot for us to do.
The President during his State Of the Nation Address yesterday singled out the then sector Minister and his Deputy - Dr Kwabena Donkor and John Jinapor and their technical team for praise, saying their distinguished efforts and sacrifices ensured that the situation is brought under control.
He further indicated that his government has been able to achieve "the fastest mobilization of emergency power in the history of Ghana" as far as solving the energy crisis is concerned.
"A year ago, I stood before this very august house and promised to fix the power sector deficit that at the time had become a significant constraint to the economic growth and a destruction to Ghanaians both home and at work. This was a time of considerable national anxiety...
"...Businesses faced challenges, and I expressed my full regret to the nation and I took full responsibility as President and leader of this nation and Commander-in-Chief. It has not been easy. It has been a year of hard work; Hard work that has made us to achieve the fastest mobilization of emergency power in the history of Ghana...
"...But much work still needs to be done to give us the comfort of sustainable generation going forward...," President Mahama said.
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