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Power failure: Nigerian gas sparks heated debate in Ghana



The inability of Nigeria to supply adequate gas to Ghana has been blamed for the current power crisis in that country

According to the Ghanaian authorities, Nigeria has a contractual commitment to supply 120 million cubic feet of gas to the country every day. It currently supplies 50 million cubic feet which is unable to meet the demand of the country.

But the Ghanaian government and the opposition have differed over the true cause of the shortfall in supply.

While the government of President John Mahama has continued to blame the degenerating state of power generation in the country on Nigeria, the opposition disagrees.

The running mate to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says that the government’s inability to off-set a $100 million debt owed to the gas company was responsible for Nigeria’s seemingly reluctance to supply the commodity to Ghana.

Bawumia, a former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana, while delivering a lecture at the Central University College Distinguished Speaker Series, on the implication of Ghana’s engagement of the International Monetary Fund, revealed the state of indebtedness to the gas company.

“The untold story of the erratic gas supply from Nigeria is that Ghana owes Nigerian Gas $100 million. Nigerian Gas is, therefore, dragging its feet with regards to the supply of gas to Ghana while this amount is unpaid.”

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