The Head of Corporate communications at the Ghana Gas Company, Ernest Owusu Bempah has berated former deputy energy Minister in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, John Jinapor, daring him to tell the Ghanaian people what he did to ‘kill’ the energy sector debt.
According to him, it is dangerous to play politics with the energy sector since it is a very crucial area of the national economy.
Mr. Owusu Bempah was reacting to assertions by the former deputy Minister that Ghana was not out of the woods yet and was heading back to the era of power outages, known in the local parlance as dumsor.
Mr. Jinapor also sought to impugn some wrong doing on the part of the current administration with regards to debts in the energy sector.
But responding to the claims on Accra based Asempa Fm, the vociferous Ghana Gas Head of Corporate Communications once again reiterated the fact that the current leadership of the company has put in place measures that will ensure the country never returns to the dark era of dumsor.
He also described as false, suggestions that the company was compelled to embark on load shedding on Tuesday, explaining that it was a minor issue that was resolved by the company’s engineers.
“When we took over in 2017, there was an existing debt of 500 Million dollars and this debt is cyclical. Cyclical in the sense that there is a value chain. We take raw gas from the Jubilee fields and process it. We hold the gas in trust for the Jubilee fields and when we are done, we transport it to VRA who use it to produce electricity. When they produce, the say ECG and consumers are not paying and so they can’t also pay Gridco, for Gridco to pay VRA and for VRA to pay Ghana Gas” Mr. Owusu Bempah explained.
He continued “as deputy Minister for the sector what did he do to find a lasting solution to this issue. It is disgraceful that you have presided over this debt and you come to paint a picture as though it an absolutely new thing. We should refrain from politicizing the power sector that is dangerous”.