President John Dramani Mahama has admitted that dumsor (erratic power supply) is not yet over.
He has however, indicated that this year’s power situation is far better than last year’s, and gave the assurance that it would continue to be better.
According to him, Ghana is going through a power crisis and that the energy sector had taken a lot of his attention, as he had been trying to stabilize the situation so that there would be enough power for businesses to operate.
President Mahama, addressing party supporters and traders at the Aboabo market in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, during his ‘accounting to the people’ tour, said the government had been working on the country’s own gas delivery so that it would be self-efficient and secure in terms of power generation.
He stated that throughout his journey from the Upper West and the Upper East Regions, he kept looking at the water levels of the rivers, adding that gratefully, the rains had opened up in those parts of the country.
He noted that it is from these regions that water flows into the Bui, Akosombo and the Kpong dams for the generation of hydroelectric power, and therefore the situation would soon become normal.
Aboabo Market Complex
President Mahama inaugurated the Aboabo Market Complex in Tamale, which is one of the oldest markets in the region.
The market complex, which is under the Ghana Urban Management Programme, was financed by the French government.
Some traders at the Aboabo market told DAILY GUIDE that they were happy about its inauguration because it was in a very deplorable state. According to the president, the Shea nut market, started in 1973 and abandoned since then, was experiencing a face-lift.
The Aboabo market has a three-block two-storey facility, three passenger terminals, 24-seater water closet toilets and a car park.
President Mahama said the Ministers for Trade and Industry and Finance had been asked to release monies to the contractor to complete the Shea nut market project as soon as possible.
He noted that ECG can manage its own affairs, “if given the right climate and free hand to operate, we can deliver quality service to the satisfaction of our cherished customers.”