Ghanaian satirist, Kwaku Sintim-Misa, popularly known as KSM has appealed to President John Mahama to appoint the Presby moderator Professor Emmanuel Martey as Power minister if he insists he can fix the energy crisis confronting the country in three months.
According to him, the President must give the preacher the opportunity to prove what he claims he can do to end the power crisis.
Prof Martey has said he could fix Ghana’s current energy crisis [dumsor] in three months if he was the President of Ghana.
“Listen, Ghana is not a big country to fix this problem. [In] four months you can solve it; at most [in] six months…
“If I were in charge, within three months I will solve the problem,” the plain-talking Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana said on Sunday when he preached to the Akyem Old Tafo Grace Church in the Eastern region.
In reaction to the claims by the Presby boss, KSM wrote the following on his Facebook Monday: “If the Presby Moderator is insisting that he can solve DUMSOR in 3 months, let’s give him the opportunity.
“Mahama I beg, make him Minister for Power for three months and let him FIX IT. Please lets find out whether its loose talk or real. LETS CALL HIS BLUFF!!!!”.
Ghana is currently shedding between 400 and 700 Megawatts of power during off-peak and peak periods, respectively.
The crisis has come about as a result of poor water levels in the three hydro-electric power stations; lack of gas flow from the West Africa Gas Pipeline in Nigeria to thermal plants in Ghana for production; as well as the breakdown of some plants.
The crisis is taking a toll on Industry, businesses and domestic consumers. Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor has promised to resign if he fails to resolve the crisis by the end of December this year.
The Government is taking some short term measures to rectify the crisis. Among the actions being taken is the importation of some emergency plants: two 450-Megawatt capacity barges (225 Megawatt each) from Karpower at a cost of $250 million; 250-Megawatt generating units from Dubai which are being brought into the country; in addition to a 300-Megawatt emergency plant by General Electric.