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Expect systematic power outages in May – Napo

The Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has hinted that parts of the nation will experience a systematic power cut in May 2021.

According to him, the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) who are helping in the construction of Kasoa and Pokuase substations have informed that the progress in the substations is such that, in the Month of May, there will be systematic power outages.

Delivering a keynote address, on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at an engagement section between GRIDCo and ECG, to the CSOs and media on the current electricity situation in the country, Napo said MiDA informed him of its planned systematic upgrade which will result in load shedding in May this year a few days ago.

“Just two days ago, I [Matthew Opoku Prempeh], received a letter from MIDA who are helping [in] the upgrade of Pokuase or construct the Pokuase and the Kasoa substations informing me that the progress of the substation is such that, in the month of May around my birthday (I wonder what a birthday present I was going to get) there will by systematic power outages.”

“We have invited both ECG and GRIDCo that in the light of that, let sit and plan and communicate to the people who will be affected way before it happens. That is the plan system upgrade that is leading to power outages that we need to communicate” he added.

For some months now, parts of the country have been plunged into a state of darkness often without prior notice since the beginning of 2021.

Some citizens fear that the much-dreaded erratic supply of power popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’ has resurfaced.

But the sector Minister has reiterated his call for the citizenry to remain calm.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh further called on Ghanaians to bear with the situation assuring that the power sector will be stronger after the works.

According to him, what we [citizenry] are going through currently “is not a generation deficit, neither is it ‘Dumsor’ as it was experienced some time back”.

By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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