The Chief Executive Officer of Africa Energy Consortium, Kwame Jantuah, is warning that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) risk losing power in the next election if it does not immediately solve the current power crisis.
Power consumers across the country have had to grapple with intermittent power outages raising fears the country has returned to the era of power rationing (dumsor).
Despite the frustration, the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has attributed the current situation to ongoing maintenance works.
Speaking on The Forum, a current affairs and news analysis programme on Asaase Radio, the CEO of Africa Energy Consortium said government must fix the problem within the first two years to avoid defeat in 2024.
“Nobody should take the people of Ghana for granted, although by the end of 2016 majority of “dumsor” was solved. The people of Ghana took the NDC out because of the situation they went through,” he said.
Jantuah added: “And this government, if they don’t solve “dumsor” by the mid of their reign, they will go out of power, because the people of Ghana have given you the mandate to serve us and to make sure whatever the people need is done.”
Jantuah also wants the government to desist from playing politics with energy tariff, calling for a national forum to help review the current regime to ensure consumers pay realistic tariff.
“We should look at the tariff system. We should start telling Ghanaians this system will collapse if we don’t pay realistic tariffs, subsidies today won’t help so we should look at the tariff system, and it is time for that discussion.”
He added: “And if that discussion is going to happen, it should not be only in the caucus of the NPP, get all stakeholders round the table and let us discuss it and make sure that whatever results come from that discussion is permanent and can be continuous.”