The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is standing its grounds that recent power outages in the country are not a result of ongoing construction works at various Bulk Power Supply Point (BPS) as indicated by the Energy Minister.
According to Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee on Mines and Energy, John Abdulai Jinapor, claims by the government that the BPS are being constructed to salvage Ghana’s current energy situation are unfounded.
He insists the Energy Sector is in crisis.
“There are outages all over the country: people are complaining and government wants to use an isolated bulk supply point to try and justify what is happening. What has a Bulk Supply Point in Kasoa got to do with Kumasi, the Volta Region, Tamale, and other parts of the country?” he said.
The comment forms part of discussions on recent power challenges being experienced in the country.
The Minority Caucus in Parliament, Wednesday, called on government to come clean on the country’s current power situation.
The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee on Mines and Energy at a press conference attributed the situation to political interference.
However, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, the Energy Minister, in response to this, has debunked the claims.
Speaking Thursday on Joy FM‘s Top Story, Mr Jinapor also noted that the Bulk Power Supply Points were initiated by the Mahama administration and inherited by the Akufo-Addo led administration.
“The Bulk Supply Point at Pokuase and Mallam were initiated and started by the under the Millenium Challenge Cooperation. The Ministry has issued a statement to claim that they are working on the projects to salvage the situation, which is untrue. It was to consolidate our efforts,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Energy Minister in the statement indicated that “the Bulk Power Supply Point (BPS) being constructed at Pokuase in the Greater Accra Region is 95% complete and scheduled for handover to the government at the end of July 2021.”
“Sixty percent of construction work has so far been done on the $50 million gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation, with engineers assuring the Minister that the infrastructure will be ready by the end of August this year,” he added.
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