Former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama has told Ugandan-based NBS television that he took responsibility, unlike others who blame previous governments for their current challenges.
In 2015, Ghana went through a phase where the country always had intermittent power outages. This affected the country’s productivity across all industries.
The former President of Ghana was criticized especially by the then NPP opposition as being incompetent.
But the former President says he accepted responsibility and ensured that he worked towards making things right.
“The actual cause of the energy crisis was the lack of investments over the years by previous governments in a generation [capacity].
“Ghana’s consumption had been rising by about 12% per annum in terms of electricity consumption but investment in an additional generation had been very slow.
“So we got to a stage where we were demanding and consuming more electricity than we had generation.
“We had the Akosombo Dam. We thought Akosombo will last forever, unfortunately, it didn’t. So we were consuming like 2,600 megawatts and our production was 2,300 megawatts so we had to go through a period of outages.
“What did I do? I took responsibility. I didn’t blame previous governments. I said yes you call me ‘Mr. Dumsor’…I inherited this problem but I take responsibility because you voted me into power to take responsibility and fix things and so I said I’m going to fix this and by 2015 I had added an additional almost 3,000 megawatts to Ghana’s generation.”
“I was actually accused of putting in an excess generation…more generation than we needed. We are consuming 2,600 megawatts. Today we are consuming 1000 megawatts more and so if I didn’t put in that excess generation we probably would have started having an energy crisis again and it’s beginning to happen.
“Outages every day because the consumption has caught up the amount of energy that is available and we are beginning to have problems,” he added.