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ECG’s load shedding schedule will be out soon – Jinapor

July 5, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, says the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will make public the new timetable for the ongoing load shedding in the country.

He disclosed this is expected to put the public on the notice so that properties would not be at the mercy of the rampant power outages.

The Deputy sector Minister disclosed this on an Accra-based radio station Citi FM in reaction to the renewed power challenges in the country.

Many Ghanaians have registered their displeasure over the return of the challenges in the power sector popularly called “Dumsor” in the country.

They are questioning the resolve of the governing National Democratic Congress to addressing the challenges especially with barely four months to the November polls.

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has criticised President John Dramani Mahama for what he described as his lack of ideas for walking the nation out of the energy crisis.

Last month President Mahama promised Ghanaians that by Friday, July 1, 2016, there would be a reduction in electricity tariff in the country. The government on July 04, subsidised electricity cost resulting in a reduction of electricity tariff in the country.

However, many people are still not convinced especially with the roaring back of the power crises.

Sympathising with Ghanaians, Mr Jinapor said the renewed energy crisis in the country is attributable to the shortage in fuel supply provided to the Volta River Authority (VRA) by Sahara Oil.

“There have been some militant attacks in Nigeria and that has affected the schedule in supply,” he said.

Due to the problem in supply, Mr Jinapor said, the government has been compelled to outstretch itself to run on reserves, adding, “We are unable to run at full capacity.”

This the Minister disclosed has “created some amount of deficit and we are working on it.”

Per the new arrangements with Sahara Oil, Mr Jinapor said fuel is expected in the country on Friday, July 8, 2016.