The Ministry of Power does not have the capacity to quantify the economic losses incurred in the wake of power outages in the country, the sector minister, Dr. Kwabena Donkor told Parliament yesterday.
The minister was responding to a question by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nabdam, Boniface Gambila, who wanted to know the efforts the ministry was making to assess the economic losses of the power crisis from January 2012 to September 2014.
“The Ministry of Power lacks the competence to quantify the loss,” Dr Donkor said in a written response to the question.
Interestingly, a verbal response to the question was not admitted on the floor of the House for follow up questions on the issue.
The First Deputy Speaker, Ebo Barton-Oduro, said Mr. Gambila’s question did not have asterisks to indicate that the answer required an oral response.
Order 64 (4) of the Standing Orders of the House indicates that “a member who desires an oral answer to a question shall mark it with asterisks. Answers to questions not marked shall be communicated in writing to the member asking the question, and shall be printed in the Official Report of Parliament.”
This prevented other members who had prepared follow up questions for the power minister, from asking their questions.
Dr. Donkor, however, gave verbal responses to questions on efforts the ministry was making to extend power to Asunso No 1 and 2, Dwen, Koradaso, Danyame, Sukura, Neesreso, and Dabibi in the Dormaa municipality.He told the House that the ministry had planned to connect Atobiase, Minti, Ahweaso, Ohwimase, Sumdadieso, and Subriso in the Bosome-Freho District in the Ashanti Region to the national grid.
By Yaw Kyei