“Dumsor” is an epidemic which has plagued Ghana for the past 3 years. “Dumsor” is basically the lack of power supply to generate enough electricity for the population. The country has experienced load shedding where parts of the country have had their power switched off from times ranging from 12 to 24 hours.
Thankfully, our “benevolent” government struck a deal with a Turkish company for a “Power Barge”. The barge will be hooked up to the national grid and will supply 225 MW of power to Ghana. Of course, this is a temporal solution and is not permanent.
Ok, let’s stop beating around the bush and get to the main story at hand.
This country has been suffering. Erratic power supply, crumbling businesses, leaders who keep making promises to fix the problem but never seem to fix the problem…Ghana has a LOT of problems.
The power barges arrived in the country yesterday and today, for some weird reason, government officials thought it would OK to have an “inauguration” ceremony. This barge hasn’t even been connected to the national grid and we’re already having a ceremony for it.
Did we really need to do this? We couldn’t have waited for them to fix this barge in? Apparently, there will be ANOTHER ceremony when the barge is actually connected to the national grid.
That’s the problem with our leaders. They want to “show” the public that they’ve done something and so this “inauguration” ceremony is nothing more than saying, “Hey, look at us, we’ve brought this barge to Ghana to help fix dumsor, give us a round of applause.”
It’s like your plumber who has been telling you countless times that he’s going to fix your leaky faucet and after 3 years, he’s almost done with it and decides to bring cameraman and a television crew to see how it’s about to be done.
How about you fix the damn leaky faucet and just go away!
The connection of the power barge to the national grid will take about 2 weeks and guess what, the end user (we Ghanaians) are going to pay for it through higher electricity bills.
Welcome to Ghana, where we welcome mediocrity with ceremonies and fireworks!