Ghana’s former President, John Dramani Mahama has, disputed claims by his successor, President Nana Akufo-Addo, that the power crisis which was witnessed in the West African nation between 2013 and 2016 was ended by the latter.
According to the former President, his administration ended the power crisis and not the Akufo-Addo-administration.
He challenged the current government, led by President Akufo-Addo, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which the President is a member, to provide evidence of the measures it introduced to end the crisis, which was christened ‘dumsor’ in the Ghanaian parlance, if indeed they ended the crisis.
Addressing supporters of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Bole, after he had successfully registered to acquire the new Ghana’s Electoral Commission’s voter’s card, Mr Mahama noted that since the NPP won the 2016 elections, not a single power plant has been added to what the government he formed brought into the country.
Based on what he said his government did, he must be appreciated for resolving the power crisis.
“We were faced with the ‘dumsor’ crisis and I went to parliament and pledged that I was going to solve it. Today, I am credited with ending ‘dumsor’.
“Our colleagues (NPP) think that Ghanaians have a short memory. In 2016, there was no load shedding. How can you end a power crisis without adding one single megawatt of power to our national generation? It is not possible,” Mr Mahama said.
“How can you say you ended ‘dumsor’ and yet you have not built one single power plant? How could you have ended it?” he questioned.
“But the work that was done to end the ‘dumsor’; the foot soldiers who did the leg work included John Jinapor. I am very proud of him,” he added.