“I think it will be suicidal for anybody to fail to comply because we use the common term promise and fail. It’s a matter of trust and credibility, so when you fail them a number of times, they will start distrusting you.”
“That has happened; all governments including my government have failed to fulfill the promises that they have been making, but at least there is the need for us to also have hope in leadership.”
Ghana's battle with inconsistent power supply despite various promises from the government to address the situation is in its third year.
The nation's power distributor, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is currently shedding load because of the inadequate power it receives from the Volta River Authority and the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo).
He said, “I do not intend to manage the situation as has been done in the past. I intend to fix it! I owe it to the Ghanaian people. I, John Dramani Mahama, will fix this energy challenge.”
According to him, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) that have been brought on board to ease the power situation could “inject 3,665 MW of power into our power transmission grid,” in the next five years.
Some of the IPPs he said include Sunon Asogli (Phase II, 360MW), Sunon Asogli (Coal-fired – 750MW), CenPower (350MW), Jacobsen (360MW), Amandi (240MW), GE (1000MW), VRA (T4, 185MW) and VRA (KTPP, 220MW).
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