Ghanaian President, John Mahama, on Wednesday said the delay in the delivery of the crude oil ordered from Nigeria had created power generation problems for his country, leading to outages in many parts.
Mahama said the sabotage of oil terminals in Nigeria occasioned the delay in the supply of crude oil, which Ghana ordered last month.
Many parts of Ghana, especially the capital, Accra, have witnessed a resurgence of power outages, a problem that lasted four years but was declared over by former Minister for Power Dr. Kwabena Donkor, last year.
Mahama, speaking on the occasion of the Eid il-Fitr celebration in Accra, was quoted to have said the power outages were as a result of sabotage in Nigeria.
He said, Recently, there have been some issues with electricity tariffs; the Electricity Company of Ghana has done some work on it. They have done a realignment of their billing system and I believe that people can begin to feel some relief in terms of the bills that they were paying. The bills have been made more transparent so that you can tell with every unit you buy, how much the value of the unit is.
Aside from that, we have recently suffered some generational problems. I held a stakeholders meeting with all those involved in the power sector. Because of sabotage in Nigeria on the terminals, crude oil that we ordered last month has not arrived; and so, it has created some generational problem for us.
The President said he had asked the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company to start storing at least one month of light crude oil supplied for Ghana so that in the event of any problem at the supply end in Nigeria