‘NPP claim over energy crisis trivial’

The Deputy Minister of Communication, Felix Ofosu Kwakye has described as “trivial” the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) claim about the worsening energy crisis in the country.

On Tuesday, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, the General Secretary of the NPP at a press conference noted that a lot of businesses have collapsed because of the energy crisis, adding that “at our health facilities the situation is very precarious.”

However, responding to the party’s concerns yesterday, Mr. Kwakye said it was needless for the NPP to rehash the effects of the inconsistent power supply to Ghanaians.

“There is no point to rehash the effects of the situation and leaving it like that because Ghanaians are fully aware of what the effects are. The President has acknowledged that there is a major difficulty which he is giving attention to address.”

Mr. Kwakye stated that the NPP has no basis criticising President Mahama and to some extent the Minister of Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor, “because they have clearly expressed government’s deep concern about the electricity situation and have proceeded to outline clear measures to rectify the challenge”.

He further called on the NPP, as a major stakeholder, to contribute and make interventions which “ will focus on measurable policy alternatives that differ significantly from what government is doing already, to help resolve the problem”.

He also denied claims that the government had borrowed 27 billion dollars in the past six years as the NPP had said.

Mr. Kwakye said the figures presented by the NPP on government’s debt stock were false and misleading.

“For some time now, the NPP has been peddling some untruth about the state of debt vis a vis how much money has been borrowed,” he said.

According to him, the budget statement presented to Parliament by the Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper rather gave a true account of Ghana’s debt situation.

“Indeed if you do an analysis, you will find out that as of September, 2014, the total amount of debt since independence is 21.7 billion dollars,”Ofosu Kwakye revealed.

- citifmonline

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