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Phone-ins, text messages into radio stations, contributors on social media and The aL-hAJJ?s interaction with some Ghanaians revealed majority of them are willing to pay a little more if the near-three-year debilitating power crisis will end, instead of spending far higher money on fuel to power generators and its attendant dangers and inconvenience.

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ecg ghana

?I would not mind paying more or little more for power if that will see an end to the almost three years of agonizing power rationing?if I calculate the amount I spend a month on diesel to power my generator, I think it will be far better to pay a little more, like the president said. But I will only do that if dumsor will end,? a shop owner at Mamobi told this paper.

Others this paper spoke to shared similar sentiment, with majority of them insisting ?if by paying a little more dumsor will end, why not? All we want is light and we are ready to pay for its constant and reliable supply.?
As the John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress is about fixing the almost three year debilitating power rationing, known in the local parlance as dumsor-dumsor, Ghanaians have been advised to brace up to pay realistic tariffs.

First to drop the hint some few weeks ago is a Technical Advisor at the Finance Ministry, Dr Kofi Asamoa Baah, who said the recurrent power crisis in the country ?can never?, be resolved through budgetary allocation in view of the many other competing demands on the budget.

Speaking in support for the need for injection of private capital into the power sector at a press conference recently organized by Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Dr Asamoa Baah said ?If you look at the constraints of the budget, after we have paid salaries and all these statutory payments ? District Assemblies Common Fund, GETFUND, National Health Insurance etc, we are left with only 7% for investment, and that is not the kind of investment we need as a lower middle income country,? he said

The country, he said, no longer has access to concessionary loans due to its attainment of lower middle income status, a situation which makes the injection of private capital, which MiDA is spearheading, into the power sector a critical need.

?We are in a very peculiar position and therefore if we are going to wait for allocation from the Ghana government budget it is not going to happen and ECG will tell you they will need US$400million per year for the next ten years, which is money we do not have.?

Supporting Dr Asamao Baah?s position, Finance Minister Emmanuel Seth Terkper said government?s efforts to arrest the current energy crisis will be worthless if it does not deal with the rot in the system.

?..If we produce power from our own gas and we don?t pay the bills for it, we cannot do more investment ?and this explains why the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is moving towards the prepaid metre regime,? he told participants at a recent Public Lecture at the University of Ghana Business School.

Obviously re-echoing what Dr Asamoa Baah and Seth Terkper have been trying to communicate, President Mahama advised Ghanaians to pay more for power if they want to have sustainable electricity supply and lessen the current erratic power situation.

He told Garden City Radio in Kumasi- Ashanti Region, Monday that the low water level in the Akosombo dam makes it imperative for the country to rely more on thermal production; a situation which he said comes along with additional cost.

Source : Al-Hajj

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