Residents of three districts in the Volta Region have been severely hit by power outages under the Northern Electricity Distribution Company of Ghana (NEDCo) over seven months now, plunging the districts into total darkness without any tangible explanation from power distributors.
The districts includes, Krachi West, Krachi Nchumuru, and Kpandai where hundreds of communities have been put in dark without power supply.
The situation has pushed Ms. Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Member of Parliament for Krachi West, to dragged the Minister for Energy under the certificate of urgency before the parliament last week,to explain the causes.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Energy the cause of the frequent power outages in the Krachi West, Krachi Nchumuru, and Kpandai Districts.?”
According to her, the three districts have being experiencing power outages for the past seven months and the situation is affecting economic activities as well as security in the areas.
Responding to the question, a Deputy Minister for Energy, Mr Owuraku Aidoo said, the frequent power outage or power failures in the districts were been caused by natural weather phenomena such as lightening, rainstorm and wind which resulted to fallen electrical poles and others.
He added that, the natural damage caused due to storms and rain exposed the electrical circuits and electrical switchboards and wires to water, but noted that NEDCO is working hard to resolve the problem.
The situation has also been attributed to electrical treeing, a phenomenon that affects high power installations such as high voltage power cables and transformers.
Impurities or mechanical defects in electrical equipment used in high voltage installations could also lead to partial electric discharges in the equipment and could also cause erratic power outages.
Nevertheless, the Deputy Minister said, NEDCo was undertaking pragmatic process to resolve the frequent power outages, stressing that, contract has been awarded to work on the High Voltages (HV) from Yendi through Bimbimla to the Kpandai areas.
Mr Owuraku however assured the MP and the people in the three districts that government was committed in providing stable power supply to every part of the country, including the affected areas in question.
He also disputed claims that, it was load shedding commonly known as “dumsor,” stating that there was no load shedding and that the problem is purely localized and would be address for the residents to have lights in their homes.
When asked if the government could consider providing Solar lamps as an intermediate solution, while waiting for NEDCo to work on, Deputy Minister said, government had already procured some affordable solar lamps.
But Hon John Majisi, MP for Krachi Nchumuru told THE REPUBLIC, for the past seven months several parts of the district have been experiencing blackout (dumsor) frequently every hour for continue days.
The impending power outages situation, he said was a surprise to many customers of ECG and NEDCO who have started to raise questions about whether the dreaded rolling power cut had returned.
Mr Majisi said, he could not fathom why dumsor should bounce back after the NDC government invested so much in the energy sector before leaving power after the 2016 general elections.
He stated that, apart from the frequent power outages, most of the communities are also in total blackout as electrical installation project commenced in 2016 under the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC )administration have stalled.
According to the MP, most of the communities have poles erected without power wires connected, some have poles dumped on sites and other do not have either, even though they felt within the beneficiary communities of the government rural electrification project.
The Krachi Nchumuru lawmaker therefore called on the government to speed up with any process needed to connect the communities onto the national grid, stating that, “the absence of power supply in the district is affecting economic activities and the youth also leaving to urban centers.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba