General News of Wed, 18 Feb 2015106
It's 'stupid' to ask NPP for alternatives to end 'dumsor' - Ken Agyapong
New Patriotic Party (NPP) firebrand and Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyapong has described as “stupid,” the ruling government’s demands on the NPP to provide alternatives to end the current energy crisis.
He claimed that any time the NPP makes suggestions to government, their views are not taken; hence there was no need to provide any more alternatives.
“Those people criticizing us are stupid. NDC people will not even listen to you. I have said this several times on television and radio that if they want alternative power, even sugarcane can generate power,” he fumed.
His comment follows an earlier challenge thrown to the NPP by the National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, that the NPP should provide alternatives instead of criticizing government over the energy crisis that has bedeviled the nation.
Kofi Adams said, being in opposition does not mean just oppose anything without providing alternatives; adding that, “What is their alternative? What is the track record of the NPP when it comes to power generation? When we had the crisis in 2007, we were given all kinds of dates to end the crisis including a date that doesn’t even exists. That 31st September we were going to end this crisis, this date does not exist.”
Outraged by the comment, Kennedy Agyepong in an interview with citifmonline.com during the party’s ‘Won Gbo’ demonstration in Accra argued that the NPP after establishing the Bui Dam cited other rivers in about 13 districts nationwide that could be developed to provide power for the country.
“We told them that you can even use wind energy to give us power; we have also told them about solar. What are they doing?…Anything coming from NPP, you will not accept it, and you will come and say that give alternatives.”
“… They have no clue, and they can’t solve the problem, they should give us a break,” he added.
The ‘Won Gbo’ demonstration, led by the NPP’s flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, is to show their displeasure over the worsening power crisis and economic challenges in the country.