by: michael eli dokosi
President John Mahama has stated his government is reviewing options regarding challenges from Nigeria which has led to increased power outages in recent weeks frustrating Ghanaian domestic and commercial power users.
The president explained in his Eid al-Fitr address that attacks on the power lines in Nigeria is preventing the supply of crude oil to power the thermal plants.
“We have recently suffered some generational problems. Because of sabotage in Nigeria on the terminals, crude oil we ordered from Nigeria has not arrived and so it has created some generational problems for us.
“I have asked the Bulk Oil Storage company to start storing at least one month of light crude oil supply for Ghana so that in the event anything happens at the supply end in Nigeria we are not affected the way we are affected.
“We are not declaring load shedding. I believe things will normalise,” he assured.
Regarding the recent challenges with the electricity billing, the president said there has been a “realignment of the billing system” adding bills have been made more transparent than they were before.