Dumsor To Subside By December 2015 Kwesi Pratt Predicts

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt has predicted that Ghana’s energy crisis, known as Dumsor would subside by the end of the year 2015.

The journalist cum social commentator speaking on Adom FM Thursday said that his conviction is as a result of the improvement in the energy crisis which he has witnessed for some time now.

“I have read in between the lines that by December this year (2015), there would be some improvement in the power supply situation…,” Kwesi Pratt said. The energy crisis in Ghana has worsened in recent times. Small scale businesses and industries which have suffered by the crisis are also laying off workers.

Volta River Authority (VRA) and Ghana Grid Company Authority (GRIDCo) are blaming the persistent crisis on low water levels in the Akosombo Dam, lack of gas and breakdown of machines to power thermal plants.

But the crisis, Kwesi Pratt said would be nothing to write home about by December 2016 when Ghana heads to the polls as according to him, the government would never want the opposition to use that as a campaign message. The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) member therefore advised political parties seeking to use the over 3-year old crisis as a campaign message to design a different campaign message.

 “…and so political parties which are planning so hard to campaign with Dumsor must think of quitting because they won’t win with that,” he said.

He backed his call with a analysis that the crisis is only peculiar to certain cities including Kumasi, Accra and Tema.

"Some citizens in the country are enjoying power each and every day. Accra, Tema and Kumasi I know are the most affected but I can say that the NDC government will not sit aloof and not solve it and so political parties waiting for general elections and campaign with Dumsor will just be wasting their time,” he insisted.

The social commentator further advised politicians to design strategies which are community specific.

"I don't think Dumsor would be more important to Gas than their land issues and this applies in other communities," he said.