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“We can’t continue to have government managing the power sector”

Ghana’s Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) believes that government should no longer manage Ghana’s power sector. 

According to Executive Director, Ben Boakye: “It comes down to the reality that we can’t continue to have government managing the power sector.” Boakye believes that the troubles being experienced in Ghana are partly due to government management.

By way of example, the latest Auditor-General’s Report revealed that more than ¢230 million was owed to the Ghana Grid Company Limited – much of that from state agencies.

Intermittent power cuts or ‘dumsor’ as they are known locally, are driving increased complaints from consumers.

The ACEP believes that the government is contributing to the problem that is crippling the sector’s finances, especially since “the owe the biggest”.

Speaking on the TV programme JoyNews‘ PM Express, Boakye said he feared that eventually “we [consumers] are going to be called upon to pay”.

“We need private capital injection… It [PDS] failed because politicians made it fail. It didn’t fail on its own. It was a structure that was set up to independently run and it was hijacked into the failure that we saw,” he said during the broadcast on Monday.

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Source: EsiAfrica

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