The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s claim that the Akufo-Addo government successfully resolved the nation’s power crisis, commonly known as dumsor.
Dismissing Dr. Bawumia’s assertion, the NDC urged Ghanaians to disregard it, stating that it is inaccurate.
During his address on Wednesday, February 7, as the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Bawumia touted the current administration’s achievements, including the purported resolution of dumsor.
He attributed this accomplishment to a decisive and intentional government programme.
“We started with a clear, decisive and deliberate program to, among other things, stabilise the economy, fix dumsor, fix the NHIS, fix the roads, clear the arrears, make education free and accessible, significantly enhance social protection for the vulnerable in society, industrialize our economy, tackle youth unemployment and empower farmers,” he stated.
In response, the NDC issued a press statement contesting Dr. Bawumia’s claims, insisting that the power crisis was actually addressed during the tenure of former president John Mahama, whom they hailed as a nation builder.
“On the contrary, the facts show that it was the NDC/Mahama government that fixed DUMSOR. Note that Ghana recorded DUMSOR in 1984, 1997, 2006-2007, before the problem reoccured in 2012, as a result of a disruption of the West African Gas pipeline, which created a power generation deficit.”
“The visionary and experienced Nation Builder, President Mahama accepted responsibility for the problem and promised to fix it. Indeed, by 2016 he had comprehensively fixed DUMSOR and ended load shedding.”
“This he did by bringing in power plants such as Ameri, Karpower and others to increase the country’s generation capacity by over 800 Megawatts.”
“Today, the NPP including Bawumia even blames Mahama for giving Ghana too much power; what they call excess capacity.”