West African Gas Pipeline damage to blame for Dumsor – Terkper
Contrary to claims by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that Ghana’s hitherto prolonged power crisis was due to internal causes, former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, has said the problem was a result of damages to the West Africa Gas Pipeline.
He said the impact of the situation at the time was not peculiar to the country as other countries that relied on the pipeline were also affected.
Speaking in an interview with TV3, Mr Terkper said “It is unfortunate the Vice President is missing the point. Dumsor was caused by the breach or the damage of the West African Gas Pipeline and that the disruption in the flow of gas did not just affect Ghana, it affected Benin, Togo and all those who are beneficiaries. It took two and half years for the gas pipeline line to be fixed,” and added that the frustration in waiting that long led to considering the power barges.
Thus, for the Vice President to claim that Dumsor was internally generated “is quite unfortunate and it probably shows the lack of focus.”
Dr Bawumia, on Monday at the Jubilee House, had been responding to the leader of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress administration, John Mahama’s berating of the state of the economy in the present coronavirus pandemic.
He rebutted that the economy was worse off during the former president’s tenure as exposed by the popular erratic power supply and the then government’s inability to cushion Ghanaians against the attendant economic fallouts.
“We saw that even during dumsor, electricity prices were being increased, fuel prices were being increased, teacher trainee allowances were being cancelled, and nursing trainee training allowances were being cancelled. All of that was happening during that particular crisis.”
The current crisis, he said, is global and externally generated unlike internally generated dumsor and therefore, it was not in line for Mr Mahama to equate the two, a position to which Mr Terkper has disagreed.
Source: Energy Ghana