The choice by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to criticize the person of former President Mahama during the launching of the 161kv Bulk Supply Point project at Accra Central, which President Mahama began, has been noted by the Minority with grave concern.
For the record, in 2014 the Mahama-led government asked Japan for grant funding to build the 161kv Bulk Supply Point in Accra’s Central Business District in order to reliably and adequately meet the region’s high electricity demand, which was increasing at a rate higher than the country as a whole’s average annual growth rate of 10%.
We want to emphasize that President Mahama obtained the essential regulatory, financial, and technical permits, with the construction actually starting in 2016 before he ceded office to the current administration.
The GRIDCO Annual Reports for 2017 and 2018 as well as the “2015 Preparatory Survey Report on The Project for Power Supply to Accra Central in the Republic of Ghana” available on the JICA website can be used to verify this.
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It is therefore surprising that rather than commending his predecessor for initiating the New Bulk Supply Point, described as a gamechanger by the current GRIDCo Board Chair
If President Akufo-Addo sincerely wants to know who terminated Dumsor, he would want to speak with Dr. Mahamoud Bawumiah, his own Vice-President, who has publicly declared that Mahama was the person who put an end to Dumsor.
The least President Akufo-Addo could do was refrain from making such unwarranted attacks, especially at a program to commission a project that is the brainchild of President Mahama. After all, as the saying goes, “you do not bite the hand that fed you.” If President Akufo-Addo cannot acknowledge the enormous contribution of President Mahama in the energy sector.
In the strongest words possible, the Minority wishes to warn that it will no longer put up with such baseless and inane attacks on President Mahama by this ineffective government in an effort to damage his reputation.
Unquestionably, President John Mahama established a strong foundation for the power industry with a clear vision of power exportation, as seen by the successful completion of the 330kv Kumasi-Bolgatanga Transmission Project, which allowed Ghana to sell power to Burkina Faso, a neighboring country.
On the contrary, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumiah-led government, having added no value to the sector, will go down in history as the worst Government as far as the Power sub-sector is concerned.
John Abdulai Jinapor
Ranking Member (Mines and Energy Committee)
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