President Mahama continues his State Of The Nation (SOTN) address as he plunges into the achievements of his administration with regards to electricity. Electricity which for the longest while was a major challenge in Ghana, at the moment seems to have been dealt with to some reasonable extent according to Mahama.
On electricity, the president said that about 80 percent of Ghanaians now have access to electricity. He affirmed to the speaker of the parliament that majority of the people now enjoy access to electricity.
Mr. Speaker, as I speak with you now, 80.5 percent of our people now enjoy access to electricity. This compares significantly with the 58 percent access to power in 2008,” he said.
Mahama continued that as at 2015, a great milestone had been reached in the energy sector as ”several major power distribution networks were completed while others reached an advanced stage of work.”
The president subsequently plunged into the ‘dumsor’ saga which Ghanaians to an extent lost hope of its alleviation. Mahama praised his administration for their efforts and ability to curb one of the country’s major crisis. He continued that up to 800 megawatts of power had been added to the national grid through the procurement of more power plants.
About 800 megawatts of power has been added to our generation within the shortest period of time. Fast-tracking the finalisation and commissioning of KTPP added 220 megawatts, Fast-tracking the commissioning of TICO’s combine cycle added 110 megawatts, mobilizing Karpower added another 220 megawatts, and Mr. Speaker, as I speak, Ameri is adding 250 megawatts extra power to our transmission grid. In addition, 180 of Asogli phase two is also available as soon as we can get extra gas for it<” he said.
The dumsor situation was quite a disturbing one to the extent that the then Minister of power, Kwabena Donkor had to resign due to unsatisfactory handling of the electricity crisis.