Former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juaben, Afrifa Yamoah Ponkor has bemoaned the erratic power supply also known as dumsor is wrecking extreme havoc in the Ashanti Region.
He described the frequent power cuts as the worst thing that has happened to the people of Asanteman in recent times, describing the failure on the part of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to publish a load shedding timetable as insensitive.
Residents of the Ashanti Region, especially those living in Kumasiand its surrounding environs, have over the past weeks experienced frequent power cuts which the ECG says is as a result of power congestion or overload.
However, their inability to announce the exact time the power will go off has irked residents and the business coimmunity who have intensified calls for a loadshedding timetable to enable them plan their schedules well.
But speaking to Dwaboase host Kwame Minkah on Power 97.9 FM wednesday morning, Yamoah Ponkoh stated that not only have the people in the Ashanti Region lost count of the number of times the power goes off in a day, but the situation is collapsing businesses that rely on electricity to thrive.
Citing Asafo and Adum which form the Central Business District of Kumasi as the hardest hit, Yamoah Ponkoh criticised the Akufo-Addo-led government for not dealing with the challenges confronting the power sector.
He said the New Patriotic government has become insensitive to the plights of the region that voted massively for President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 polls.
“The power goes off every now and then affecting businesses but the sad thing is, the people are asking fora timetable but the government has not provided it yet owing tothe fact that the people will know he [Akufo-Addo] has failed in the power sector,” the NDC loudmouth noted.
Go to Asafo and see how people are suffering. Businesses are going down because of the frequent power cuts yet the Akufo-Addo government doesn’t care about the plights of the people of Ashanti…This government does whatever it wants and not what the people want,” he lamented as he called the EcG to be proactive all the time.