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Political interference hurting Energy sector – Wereko-Brobby

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority Charles Wereko-Brobby has lashed out at the government for overly politicizing the energy sector.

He has expressed his displeasure over what he calls too much political interference being put ahead of the sustained provision of power.

Mr Wereko-Brobby also blamed the current seeming energy crisis the country is facing on the provision of free water and electricity to Ghanaians during the height of the Covid pandemic last year.

He told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr that “one of the ridiculous prices of democracy is that we have politicized everything and we forget that there’s nothing like free dinner.”

“There’s too much political interference and that interference is being put ahead of the sustained provision of power. If we’re doing free water and power and the suppliers are left flat broke, I don’t think anyone should expect the sustained provision of power.”

He further intimated that “I think we need to stop the illusional game and have a proper conversation on what needs to be done in this country but unfortunately, many people are not ready to do that.”

“You don’t give power away because of a political promise so that even if you’re generating it at GHc10, you’ll sell it at GHC5. Those things will come back and hunt us,” he added.

The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has announced that it was having a discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for them to provide a load shedding timetable following major maintenance works expected in the power sector from April to July 2021.

The Corporate Communications Manager of GRIDCo, Mr Ebenezer Amankwah in a radio interview with Radio Ghana monitored by Graphic Online on Monday night [March 29, 2021] explained that some parts of Ghana will soon experience intermittent power outages to enable engineers and contractors to work on some substation plants across the country

He said GRIDCo was currently in discussion with the management of the ECG for them to release a load shedding timetable to enable people in affected areas plan their lives properly within the period of the maintenance project.

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