Power Minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has assured Ghanaians of government’s commitment to end the power crisis in December this year.
According to the Minister, if all things go as planned, dumsor will be no more in December.
The minister gave this assurance at a sod cutting ceremony of a Ghanaian-owned power distribution firm, Enclave Power Company on Friday in Accra.
Dr. Donkor reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that, Ghanaians have stable power and because of that some infrastructural projects are being undertaken to help manage the situation.
“Several units of the AMERI energy project have landed on our shores, civil works ongoing are quite close to completion and we expect that before the end of the year, that should also be working.
“All things being equal, we believe we are on schedule, but we cannot be 100 percent certain, but in terms of our planning, in terms of equipment availability, we should be in a position to pronounce load shedding over by the end of the year as planned,” the minister said.
However the minister says Ghanaians will have to be ready to pay more to be able to enjoy reliable and uninterrupted [power since the source of our energy, the Akosombo Dam is not in good condition.
“The Akosombo Dam has historically provided us with very cheap power when it generates at less than two cents per kilowatt hour and this has enabled Ghana become the cheapest source of power in the sub region.
“However, as the role of Akosombo diminishes and we now have to have a lot more thermal complementation, the mix makes the marginal cost of any additional megawatt higher and therefore if we are to sustain the industry, then cost must be reflected in the price we pay for power”, he posited.