Tower Vandalism: Energy Minister suspects sabotage

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Energy Minister, John-Peter Amewu

Energy Minister John-Peter Amewu believes the vandalism on the Volta Smelter Transmission tower at the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) may be politically motivated.

He said it could be a deliberate attempt to sabotaging government’s efforts of ensuring that there is uninterrupted supply of power to Ghanaians.

He described the act as barbaric, uncivilised, unpatriotic and undemocratic on the part of those who did that.

Mr Amewu made these remarks when he visited the GRIDCo’s transmission site to inspect the extent of damage of the high tension pylons near the company’s Head Office in Tema.

Officials of Ghana Grid Company Limited discovered that one of the pylons near the head office, which transmitted power from Karpower and AKSA to the national grid, had been hacked down.

The unfortunate incident is believed to have been carried out in the wee hours of Monday, 25th March, 2019.

The Minister noted that some corrosive chemicals had been detected around most of the towers along the lines with the intension of destroying them in future.

“It baffles my mind how human beings can do this to our motherland. We can’t be subjecting our own country to this treason. We are working hard just because we want to leave a Ghana that is better for everybody to pride in, so I don’t expect us to be witnessing things of this nature,” he stated.

He cautioned persons behind the barbaric act, be it political party members or persons who simply do not want the best for this country and for that matter the government, to get ready to face the full rigors of the law for the unforgivable act.

According to him, the police and National Security are investigating the act of lawlessness to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.

The Energy Minister assured Ghanaians that the technical team is working to ensure that the impact of the destruction on power supply is minimised.

Chief Executive Officer for GRIDCO, Jonathan Amoako-Baah said management would intensify security measures at the site to prevent recurrence of the barbaric acts.

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