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2018 Budget Dumsor is dead - Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta

KEN OFORI-ATTA - Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said the erratic power challenges known as 'dumsor' is "dead".

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After years of being on the receiving end, government has won back the hearts of Ghanaians following the measures it has put in place to ensure the power crisis is resolved forever.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said the erratic power challenges known as 'dumsor' is "dead".

Presenting the 2018 economic policy of the government, he strongly believes the current improvement in the energy sector would put a stop to the agitations and demonstrations that were linked to dumsor.

READ MORE: Dumsor cost us $3billion - Nana Addo

 

"When I presented the budget in March, I indicated our commitment to take strategic steps to fix the challenges facing the economy and restore hope to Ghanaians," the Finance Minister noted.

"I'm happy to note that we have turned the economy around. We have achieved in one year, what seemed impossible to achieve in eight years.

"Our SHS students have literally forgotten how to spell dumsor. Dumsor is dead," Ken Ofori-Atta added.

How dumsor started

The frequent Ghanaian blackouts are caused by a power supply shortage. Ghanaian generating capacity is currently 400-600 megawatts.

Ghanaian electricity distributors regularly shed load with rolling blackouts.

READ ALSO: Dumsor is banished, Minister says

At the beginning of 2015, the dumsor schedule went from 24 hours with electricity and 12 without to 12 hours electricity, 24 without electricity.

The long blackouts contrast with the practice in other countries, where blackouts roll rapidly so that no residential area is without power for more than one hour at a time.

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