Power generation problems, which have recently led to power outages in many parts of Ghana, has been blamed on Nigeria’s inability to deliver ordered crude oil to Ghana.
President John Mahama of Ghana, on Wednesday, speaking on the occasion of the Eid il-Fitr celebration in Accra, said oil terminals sabotage in Nigeria occasioned the delay in the supply of crude oil, which Ghana ordered last month.
“Recently, there have been some issues with electricity tariffs; the Electricity Company of Ghana has done some work on it. They have done a realignment of their billing system and I believe that people can begin to feel some relief in terms of the bills that they were paying. The bills have been made more transparent so that you can tell with every unit you buy, how much the value of the unit is.
Aside from that, we have recently suffered some generational problems. I held a stakeholders’ meeting with all those involved in the power sector. Because of sabotage in Nigeria on the terminals, crude oil that we ordered last month has not arrived; and so, it has created some generational problem for us.”
The President said he had asked the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company to start storing at least one month of light crude oil supplied for Ghana so that in the event of any problem at the supply end in Nigeria, they will not be affected thus again.
Mahama craved the indulgence and understanding of his people. He said they are not declaring load shedding, but believe things will be normalized, adding that they are taking steps every day to ensure that Ghana has security when it comes to power.
Sources reveal that many parts of Ghana, especially the capital, Accra, have witnessed a resurgence of power outages, a problem that lasted four years but was declared over by former Minister for Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor, last year.
The West African Gas Pipeline Company had late last month said it had suspended the flow of gas from Nigeria to Ghana over unpaid bills by the Ghanaian government.