As a measure to contain and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 4th address to the nation on the pandemic on 27th March, 2020 announced a two-week partial lockdown of epicentres in the country, which took effect this dawn. The areas affected in the lock down include Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi areas.
Several people in these affected areas will be home within the two weeks period and will need electricity to make their stay at home comfortable. However, what is of much worry to many is the problem of intermittent power outages, popularly called “Dumsor” which according to many will affect their ability to work from or have a comfortable stay at home.
It is for this reason that the Minority in Parliament is calling on the government to ensure a stable and reliable supply of power throughout the period of the lockdown.
In a press statement from the Minority in Parliament signed by the Member of Parliament for Damongo Constituency, Hon Adam Mutawakilu – Ranking Member on Parliament’s Select Committee of Mines and Energy Committee, is requesting that the President considers adding to his “priority list, stable and reliable supply of power to households in particular” during this period.
According to the statement, “Given that more Ghanaians will be staying and working in their various homes, and with kids having to connect with their academic tutors via e-learning platforms, reliable but stable supply of power is required to keep life together in times like this.”
Read the press statement below:
For Immediate Release
29th March, 2020.
ENSURE A STABLE SUPPLY AND RELIABLE POWER DURING THIS PERIOD OF A PARTIAL LOCKDOWN
Following the 4th Address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, which imposes some partial lockdown to the Epicentres of the COVID-19 in Ghana (i.e. Accra Metropolis, Kumasi Metropolis, Tema Metropolis and Kasoa enclaves), it is necessary the provision of essential services are improved upon for the period this imposition will last. In this regard, the Minority is calling on H.E Nana Addo to add to his priority list stable and reliable supply of power to households in particular since most people will be home within the two weeks.
For the past weeks running into months now, there have been some unscheduled Dumsor across the country. This was experienced by mostly households. As we speak, we are not too sure whether stability has been restored since some parts of the country still experience Dumsor.
Given that more Ghanaians will be staying and working in their various homes, and with kids having to connect with their academic tutors via e-learning platforms, reliable but stable supply of power is required to keep life together in times like this. By this statement we request the President and by extension the government to assure Ghanaians of a stable supply of electricity in order to allow for life in their homes worthy to live.
Hon Adam Mutawakilu
(Ranking Member - Select Committee of Mines and Energy Committee)