Mahama’s ‘dumsor’ cost the country US$3 billion – President Akufo Addo Reveals

President Akufo Addo has revealed that the erratic power supply popularly known as ‘’dumsor’’ that dominated former president Mahama’s Administration cost the country US$3 billion.

He further stated that the four years shortage in power supply under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) collapsed several businesses.

This, President Akufo Addo attributed to the mismanagement of the country’s energy sector.

He made this statement when he delivered a speech at the launch of the Second Edition of the National Policy Summit in Accra on Monday August 14.

“We recognise that macroeconomic stability is a necessary but not sufficient condition for economic transformation. To this end, the NPP’s agenda for economic growth and job creation is underpinned by a programme of rapid and aggressive industrialisation and value addition especially in agro-processing and manufacturing.

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“Regrettably, the industrial sector has suffered some of the most significant setbacks in our history over the past few years. In 2014 for example, Industry which in the year 2008, the last year of the government of the great Ghanaian statesman, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufour, former president of the Republic, had grown to 15 .1 per cent slumped to 0.8 per cent in 2015 to -.3 per cent and further down to -1.4 per cent in 2016. In 2015, manufacturing recorded negative growth of -2 per cent while mining recorded a negative growth of 0.38 per cent.

“A significant number of small, medium and large scale operators were all brought to their knees as a result of 4 years of dumsor due to the mismanagement of the energy sector.

“According to the reputable Institute for Social, Statistical and Economic Research (ISSER), dumsor cost the country US$ 618 million in economic activity in 2014 alone, equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP, thus the 4 years of dumsor cumulatively led to the loss of more than US3 billion in economic activity and in the process thousands of Ghanaians lost their jobs.” He noted.

 

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