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‘Dumsor’ hits Ghana’s Parliament as MPs, staff get stuck in elevator2 min read

‘Dumsor’ hits Ghana’s Parliament as MPs, staff get stuck in elevator<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">2</span> min read</span>

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disconnected power supply to Parliament and Job 600, the office complex of the Members of Parliament Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the forenoon.

The disconnection was due to a GHc23 million debt which the power distribution company has not been able to retrieve.

According to reports that lawmakers and staff who were using the elevator at the time got stuck as a result of the power cut.

The disconnection is part of the ongoing “Operation Zero Balance” initiative by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) task force.

The primary goal of this initiative is to recover outstanding debts from various customers, and in this case, Parliament House and Job 600 were targeted due to their substantial debt.

Staff of the ECG disconnection task force were spotted in the House last week which spurred speculations over a possible power cut due to the debt.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament is asking the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to make available, a load shedding schedule to make people plan their activities in the midst of the ongoing power crisis.

The caucus says the government’s continuous and deliberate denial to the existence of load shedding popularly known as ‘Dumsor’ will not suffice.

Addressing the media in Parliament Thursday, February 29,  Ranking Member on the Mines and Energy Committee, John Abdulai Jinapor, who is also the Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu noted that “we are reliably informed that dumsor will continue today at 12:00pm and it’s only fair that Ghanaians are made aware.”

He said the challenges in generating enough energy is as a result of the government’s inability to purchase adequate fuel for the thermal plants due to financial constraints.

The Minority spokesperson on Energy wants President Akufo-Addo and his Vice to release a load shedding schedule to guide people’s lives.

“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.