‘Dumsor’: A/R Minister to lead demo against ECG, GRIDCO over power cuts

Simon Osei-Mensah

Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has issued a stern warning, declaring his intention to lead a demonstration against the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo).

This is in response to the recent and intolerable intermittent power cuts plaguing the region.

Frustrated power consumers, particularly in the Ashanti Region, have voiced their discontent with the ongoing power disruptions, describing it as a possible return to the era of power rationing also known as dumsor.

During an interview on Kumasi-based Angel FM on Thursday (29 February), Minister Osei Mensah set a seven-day ultimatum for ECG and GRIDCo to provide a comprehensive explanation for the frequent power outages.

“The word of caution I’m sounding to the ECG and GRIDCO is that, if I don’t get a satisfactory explanation after listening to the Ministry of Energy with the response, I will demonstrate against them”, he told the host Kwame Tanko.

Osei Mensah, resolute in his stance, declared, “I’m saying this, and everybody should put on record, I will be the first government appointee, the first regional minister to lead a demonstration in this region if they are not able to give a reasonable explanation. I will lead a demonstration in the region and at that time nobody should come and stop me.”

Dumsor not back

The managing director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Samuel Mahama has said the power distributing company had a maintenance challenge adding that there is no dumsor.

Mahama said the company had a maintenance challenge adding that there is no dumsor.

“I take the blame for this; I would like to say a big sorry. I would like to apologise for what has happened in the past few days. I know there has been a lot of speculation and we have allowed people to plug into the narrative, but the truth of the matter is that most of the narratives out there are all wrong.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say that dumsor is not back. We suffered a maintenance setback. Everybody knows about ECG, but most people don’t know that it is a value chain, for ECG what is given to us is what we distribute,” the ECG Boss told Asaase Radio on Friday (1 March).

“So, we take full responsibility for the communication gap. We are working to make sure we become more proactive with the communication so everybody can plan, but it is not dumsor,” Mahama said.



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