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Power outages have become unfortunate features of the country, visiting painful fallouts on businesses and the economy as a whole.

Business24

With increased taxes already pushing such businesses to the precipice, the now daily breaks in electricity supply are but unwelcome developments.

Businessmen and women are scratching their heads for solutions to the challenges posed by the incessant power outages as their investments are undermined.

They are nowhere near addressing the challenges posed by the dire state in which their businesses are mired.

The now incessant dependence on diesel to power generators for individual businesses has added to the already augmented cost of operations across the country.

Managements have, in some instances, been compelled to take harsh, yet necessary, actions to keep their businesses afloat through retrenchments which dismember families.

Information about the need to ration electricity is as scanty as the supply of the energy source itself and this is why business owners are somewhat apprehensive about making any meaningful projections about their investments.

Some have simply folded up, disappointed that they are unable to cope with the business-killing realities spawned by the erratic electricity supply even as government continues to entice investors to turn their attention to Ghana.

Information about the state of electricity supply even if they are churned out can only be taken with a pinch of salt because previously such notices have not proved reliable.

We do not seek to feign ignorance about the all-pervading challenges facing the nation?the energy sector not an exception. The need for certain services to be scaled down or even rationed as in the case of electricity is not in any way in dispute. But shouldn?t we be provided with a reliable schedule so the many costly inconveniences we are subjected to can be obviated?

Consumers, especially big time businesses which are dependent on regular supply of electricity for their survival in an economically turbulent environment cannot be appreciative of the current order. Being kept in the dark about what to expect in the next hour or so does not make for good management of businesses.

The issue of energy is not new to this country. It has engaged the attention of many a government over the years. The previous government did a lot in the direction of enhancing supply through pragmatic steps like initiating the Bui Dam project.

Subsequent governments must also play their part too so the increasing demand for this source of energy will not be dwarfed by a near stagnant supply source.

We are in for a long haul in terms of disruption of electricity supply. That is about all we are being told, an indefinite wait. Appalling and regrettable!

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