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Mahama would have ended 'dumsor' if NDC was retained – Ofosu Ampofo

Director of Elections of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo says former President John Dramani Mahama would have ended the 'dumsor' crises confronting the economy if Ghanaians hadn't voted his government out of power.

According to him, the previous government made several interventions to improve the energy sector before exiting office.

Mr. Ofosu Ampofo noted that 'dumsor' was expected to come to an end by the second term of the Mahama government.

He told host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' that "In our energy sector policy, it was expected that by the end of (if we had won power) the four-year period, Ghana would have been completely self-sufficient in energy that we could have even become a net exporter of energy to other neighbouring countries. I can say that to all intents and purposes, before the government (Mahama government) left, as for generation capacity; we could generate enough to meet the demands of the country... As at the time that we were leaving office, we were not experiencing dumsor... Under NDC, we did a lot, invested a lot in generation.”

He, therefore, called on the current administration to find a lasting solution to the energy problems since that was a major objective for their victory in last year's elections.

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Also touching on the energy situation in the country, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper expressed displeasure with the criticisms against the ruling government regarding the sector.

He stated that the members of the opposition NDC seem not to have simmered down after their defeat.

To him, their tone of analysis of the situation smacks of pain and so they speak with aggression particularly with the energy situation.

Mr. Baako wondered how the opposition party would expect the current administration to resolve the challenges within just two months after elected into office.

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