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The Ministry of Energy has provided clarification on recent remarks made by the sector minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, regarding the release of a timetable for ongoing power outages.

Rather than the disaffection created by his statement which many say is insensitive to the plight of the citizenry, the Ministry says Dr. Opoku Prempeh was only stating facts opposed to the allusions being made to his comments.

In a press release issued Tuesday, March 26, 2024, by the Minister’s spokesperson, Kofi Abrefa Afena, he said Dr. Opoku Prempeh “has always been sensitive to the plight of the Ghanaian people and continues to ask for their forbearance, as has always been the case when challenges relative to power stability emerge.”

During the inauguration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) campaign team in the Ashanti Region, the Manhyia South lawmaker challenged those advocating for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to issue a load-shedding timetable to present their own proposed schedules.

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He encouraged critics to develop their own timetables if they deemed it necessary.

He questioned the rationale behind creating a timetable when the ECG has confirmed that no such plan is in place.

Despite widespread public criticism of his comments, the statement clarified that the Minister holds respect for Ghanaians as has been his attitude and did not intend to disrespect citizens.

According to the statement, Dr Opoku Prempeh asserted that there was no need for the release of a timetable for the recent power outages.

“The Minister dismissed the need for a load management time table because in his view and as indicated by the Electricity Company of Ghana, the causes of the temporary power challenges are being addressed.

“The Ministry wishes to assure the general public that the Ministry as the policy maker and mother agency of the various power sector actors is working assiduously with these agencies to ensure that the temporary challenges are resolved,” the statement concluded.

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