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‘Dumsor’ hits Ghana’s Parliament as MPs, staff get stuck in elevator

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On Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the forenoon, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) cut off the power to Parliament and Job 600, the MPs’ office complex.

The electricity distribution business was unable to collect a debt of GHc23 million, which led to the disconnection.

The power outage caused MPs and staff who were using the elevator at the time to become stuck, according to TV3’s Parliamentary Correspondent Komla Klutse.

The disconnect is a component of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) task force’s ongoing “Operation Zero Balance” program.

This initiative’s main objective is to collect unpaid bills from a variety of clients; in this instance, Parliament House and Job 600 were singled out because of their enormous debt.

When members of the ECG disconnection task committee were observed in the House last week, rumors about a potential debt-related power outage began to circulate.

To help citizens organize their activities during the recent power outage, the Minority in Parliament is requesting that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) provide a load shedding schedule.

The caucus claims that the government’s willful and persistent denial of load shedding, also referred to as “Dumsor,” is insufficient.

Speaking with the press in the Parliament John Abdulai Jinapor, a member of parliament representing Yapei Kusawgu and ranking member on the Mines and Energy Committee, stated on Thursday, February 29, that “we are reliably informed that dumsor will continue today at 12:00pm and it’s only fair that Ghanaians are made aware.”

According to him, the government’s inability to provide enough fuel for the thermal plants is the reason behind the difficulties in producing enough energy.

The Minority Spokesman on Energy requests that President Akufo-Addo and his Vice provide a schedule for load shedding so that people’s lives can be guided.

“One month of load shedding is more than enough. This is not sporadic, this is continuous, this is persistent, and we think that the handlers of the power sector should do the honorous thing by informing the people of Ghana so they can plan their lives,” he noted.

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