The incoming government cannot blame the Mahama administration when the power crises known as Dumsor returns this year.
This is according to a former Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority VRA Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby.
Already, the African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP) has warned that Ghana may face power crisis due to a potential disruption in gas supply, a prediction the outgoing government has dismissed.
But speaking to Joy News, the former VRA boss insists Ghanaians will not entertain any excuse if dumsor persists under the Akufo-Addo led administration. "There is so much expectation. When the baton has been passed over you can no longer say Mahama has caused dumsor. It becomes your responsibility. "You need to sustain the power supply. All the issues that we raised now become your issue.
"I think one of the problems of the transition process is that too much time is being spent on trying to find the status report from the outgoing administration."They will put their best foot forward but Reagan used to say, trust but verify. Do your own independent investigation," he advised.
Ghana has suffered an acute power paralysis for the past four years which have crippled businesses, led to many fire outbreaks and deaths.
The country at some point endured a 24-hour-off-12-hours-on load shedding management which was nuisance to many. Even though the situation improved dramatically in the election year, 2016, the situation has not been entirely resolved with some areas facing intermittent long hours of outages even in 2017.
But the suspended NPP member believes his party will have no excuse if it fails to resolve the matter.
Dr. Wereko Brobby also wants the incoming government to review the energy sector levies and taxes imposed in December 2015 insisting it has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians.
"We must separate the recovery of the cost of production from loading a whole lot of taxes on top of the recovery cost.
There are a whole lot of levies put on the cost of recovery that you need to ensure that there is a sustained power industry going on. Those levies and taxes need to be looked at again," he said.
He added that power must not be used as a vehicle for raising revenue for government.
Source: Joy News
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