My ‘dumsɔ banishment’ promise was just a prayer- Mahama



President John Dramani Mahama has said his promise to Ghanaians to “banish” the erratic power supply  in 2015 was just a prayer.

He promised to end the energy crisis by the end of 2015 when he addressed a congregation at the Perez Chapel on the night of 31st December 2014.
“Now this is the interesting part;

it [2015] will be one in which we will banish darkness from our land and put an end to dumsɔ  forever,” he said.

However, speaking on a Kumasi based radio station, Angel FM on Wednesday,  Mahama denied making such a promises, stating that he was just saying his “heart desires to God.”

“I will not say I gave a promise. It was a last day of 2014, we were having a watch night service to see the begin of 2015 and during this period everybody says his heart desires  to God in order for him to listen to their prayers.”

“I am the President and one of the issues troubling Ghanaians is this energy crisis and so if as the President I tell God to banish darkness, and let the dumsɔ end is it not a prayer I’m saying to God?. It was a prayer … I have faith that God has listened to my prayers,”: he stated.

Energy crisis

Ghana has been battling with inconsistent power supply in recent times.
In 2014, the inconsistent supply of power featured strongly in a debate on the floor of a House that had been hit by disruptive power problems which caused suspension of sittings of the House.

Mahama in a bid to resolve the power challenges nominated Kwabena Donkor as the Minister in charge of the newly created Power Ministry after a series of energy crisis which prompted various groups to protest however those challenges persist.

Ghanaians experienced a minimal impact of the inconsistent power supply during the Christmas festivities but the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has served notice it will resume the load shedding exercise to both households and industries.
Ghana’s state of economy has improved

President Mahama also stated that Ghana’s economy has improved over the years.
He said contrary to the wide held perception that Ghana’s economy is in crisis, the standard of living and the country’s performance in general has seen massive transformation

“If you take a look at Ghana’s power crisis, you take twenty years ago- 1994, or 1992, and you assess Ghana’s performance , the state of economy as well as the standard of living, as of now,you will notice that Ghana’s economy has been growing, average by 11 percent every year.

By: Marian Efe Ansah/citifmonline.