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Dumsor: 'I'm surprised there're no blackout notices' – Amewu

Energy Minister John Peter Amewu has revealed that his ministry will ensure that power distributors inform end-users about the periods that they will not have electricity within the 12-day shortfall.

Some parts of the country have been experiencing intermittent power outages in the past few weeks.

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and energy think tank Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), have demanded a load-shedding timetable.

The government has said that engineering works aimed at helping to transport gas from the western part of the country to the east, where the generation plants are located, is the reason for the outages, which are expected to cease by 12 April.

Responding to a question about the need for a load-shedding timetable in the interim, Mr Amewu said at an Economic Management Team (EMT) town hall meeting in Accra on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, that they “have directed the various agencies to provide information to areas that will not experience light being on”.

He continued: “For instance, I am told that in the Ashanti Region, most of these areas have already been informed prior to the shutdown. I am quite surprised why some of the areas are not receiving that information here in Accra because I always have it on my notice. They send me a notice that these areas will not be able to experience light on”.

He added: “Mr Vice-President, we will still insist that we intensify some work so that people who will be out of light, they will be made aware that they will not experience light…”

Source: Class FM

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