Dr. APC’s EDITORIAL ROOM
The process of “DUMSIESIE” is yielding positive results, If the media can fish out problems and bring them unto the public domain for any reason, why can’t the same media let Ghanaians know that there have been improvements in the sector? the District Chief Executive for Afigya Kwabre South District Assembly in the Ashanti Region has fumed at the media.
Not long ago, barely about three months after the elections, Ghanaians started experiencing power outages intermittently without any specific schedules or guidelines.
As one may have it, the main opposition party (NDC) started lambasting the government over what they termed, the return of “dumsor”
The social media outlets took over and championed it to make it seem that the government has failed and that we were going back into the dark days under the watch of former President J. D. Mahama, where Ghanaians went through the ordeal of Dumsor for five (5) continuous years( 2011-2016).
Sadly enough, they, the NDC spearheaded the lashing and attributed it to all manner of reasons. The common Amongst them was that, the government don’t have the capacity, specifically, money to run the power sector of the economy hence the “Dumsor”.
I remember, the information Minister coming out to say, the speculations are wrong and that it is some technical hitch which will be fixed very soon. Even with this, some media houses and the opposition continued to lash out on Government.
It took the intervention of the newly appointed Minister of Energy Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO) to assure the whole nation of government’s commitment to solving the problem.
He mentioned that the power sector is bedeviled with old and dilapidated structures and equipment which needed retrofitting and total overhaul to enable the energy sector to be stable. Hence, he emphasized on the term which was to be adopted and used as “DUMSIESIE”.
True to his word, one can see a vast improvement of electricity supply to the nation. Power supply has been consistent and now “Dumsiesie” has become a reality. Long days and hours of Dumsor is over.
Alas, I have a problem with Ghanaians, especially the media that championed the accusations and threw in the missiles.
If the media can fish out problems and bring them unto the public domain for any reason, why can’t the same media let Ghanaians know that there have been improvements in the sector, hence Ghanaians should acknowledge the enormous task put in place to stabilize the power system?.
What has accounted for the stability now?. Is it true what the Minister told us or what?. The Media houses should prompt us, may be Ghanaians are sleeping.
I will take this opportunity to thank His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-ddo, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO) and his team for doing a yeoman’s job.
It is said that “uneasy is the head that wears the crown”. No matter how hard the energy system has become, l firmly believe that it is in the right hands and that the NAPO and his team will do whatever it takes to fix the lights permanently.
By the Chief Executive for Afigya Kwabre South District, Hon. Dr. Adu-Poku Christian, (APC).