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Major stakeholders to hold crunch meeting on Saturday over energy sector crisis

All major stakeholders in the energy sector are scheduled to appear before Parliament’s Energy Committee this Saturday, April 6, as announced by the Committee’s Chairman, Samuel Atta Akyea.

In an interview on JoyNews’ PM Express, Mr. Atta Akyea explained that the meeting was prompted by recent power outages, commonly referred to as ‘dumsor‘, experienced in various parts of the country.

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The gathering of key players in the energy sector, including representatives from Ghana Gas, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Chamber of Independent Power Producers, the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), the Energy Commission, and the Minister of Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, accompanied by his technical team, aims to comprehensively address the current challenges in the energy value chain.

Mr. Atta Akyea stressed the importance of evidence-based discussions over mere propaganda, highlighting the Committee’s commitment to identifying the root causes of the power outages and formulating effective solutions to resolve them.

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“It is important to know that the Energy Committee wants to interrogate this matter critically… You cannot do propaganda with facts. If you do not have the power, you can’t conjure noise to bring the power,” he said on Tuesday.

The Chairman also highlighted the expertise and research conducted by committee members, expressing confidence that a collaborative effort among stakeholders would lead to tangible solutions.

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“You need to own up as to why we are having these challenges then those who are experts will say “These are the obvious challenges, and these are the solutions,” that is when we come back to normalcy and we can have enough electricity to export as we have done before.”

Ghana has been dealing with inconsistent electricity supply recently, causing disruptions in various sectors and inconveniences for consumers.

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