Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My “banish dumsor” comment was only a prayer request – President Mahama

President John Mahama has said that a comment he made to the effect that the unstable power supply (dumsor-dumsor) in the country will be banished this year was only a prayer request and not a promise.

The President told members of the Perez Chapel in Accra on the night of December 31 that 2015 will be “one in which we banish darkness from our land and put an end to dumsor forever”.

The comment was met with criticism by some Ghanaians, who pointed that the President had a tendency to make promises without fulfilling them.

But speaking Wednesday on Kumasi-based Angel FM, on the occasion of his second year in power, President Mahama clarified his comments:

“I won’t say I made a promise, it was an all-night to see the beginning of 2015 and in times like that, people make wishes to God and I’m the President and seeing the way the erratic power supply is disturbing this country, should my prayer to end it be interpreted as a promise?

“It was a prayer request I mad to God on behalf of all Ghanaians and I’m confident God has listened to the prayer” he said.

The President added that Ghana had signed agreements to add about 3000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid with a view to ending the power crisis.

This, he said, would be more than enough to satisfy Ghana’s power supply needs for the next 10 years.

“We are solving the problem not for today but for the future. My appeal is for Ghanaians to be patient so that we can solve this problem once and for all.

“If I leave power and another President comes, he can also add another 1000, 2000 megawatts, so that between now and 2050, when some of us may be no more, our children can benefit from it,” President Mahama noted.