A Senior Lecturer at the Pentecost University, Dr Amoh Baffour says the onset of intermittent loadshedding by the country’s power managers will compound the intolerable hardship situation in Ghana.
Speaking on Dwaboase on Power 97.9 FM, the lecturer, who has monitored the revival of Ghanaian businesses post COVID-19 lockdown and various restrictions, noted that industries will suffer when power is rationed in the country.
“There are businesses in the country that are now reviving after the lockdown imposed on the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If we begin to bring back dumsor, productivity will go down,” Dr Baffour said and explained that “those that will have to rely on extra power to produce goods and services will have to incur additional cost which will also be laid on the door step of consumers.”
His concerns come after the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) hinted of an impending loadshedding that will exist for 3 months.
GRIDCo said it was having a discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for them to provide a load shedding timetable following major maintenance works expected in the power sector between April and July 2021.
The Corporate Communications Manager of GRIDCo, Ebenezer Amankwah said in a radio interview with Radio Ghana on Monday night that the loadshedding was to pave way for engineers and contractors work on some substation plants across the country.
Amankwah added that a load shedding timetable was necessary because it will enable people in affected areas plan their lives properly within the period of the maintenance project, adding it was critical in order to completely resolve the challenge of congestion.
He stated the distribution company will then have to “agree on specific timetable and communicate to the affected areas, which means that, not every area will be affected unless the project is in a particular area.”
Although the GRIDCo is “sure that after July this year, these key projects will be completed” but Dr Baffour believes managing the situation such that it will not affect a lot of people at a time is key to sustaining the already stressed businesses that rely on electricity power in the country.
He said “Ghanaians are already suffering with the introduction of new taxes” and added the loadshedding will bring serious economic crisis as the government struggles to meet revenue targets for development projects.
Meanwhile a former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority (VRA) Charles Wereko-Brobby has lashed out at the government for overly politicizing the energy sector.
“One of the ridiculous prices of democracy is that we have politicized everything and we forget that there’s nothing like free dinner,” Brobbey told Francis Abban on Starr FM as he blamed the government for its free electricity power to a section of Ghanaians.
“There’s too much political interference and that interference is being put ahead of the sustained provision of power. If we’re doing free water and power and the suppliers are left flat broke, I don’t think anyone should expect the sustained provision of power,” he chastised.
“I think we need to stop the illusional game and have a proper conversation on what needs to be done in this country but unfortunately, many people are not ready to do that,” he charged.
“You don’t give power away because of a political promise so that even if you’re generating it at GHc10, you’ll sell it at GHC5. Those things will come back and hunt us,” he added.