Mr Speaker, people may want to listen to themselves but they must listen when others speak. I spoke about the generation capacity that was commenced by President Kufuor -- [Interruption.] Yes, or added to -- Mr Speaker, the Hon Member who just sat down indicated to us without shame that TICO was started by the NDC -- [Interruption] -- He said so here. That is palpable falsehood.
Mr Speaker, T3 was not started by the NDC; it was started by the Kufuor Administration. Why can they not align themselves with truthfulness? The T3 was started by the Kufuor Administration. During the Kufuor administration, CAPS, was established.
Mr Speaker, when they came, what they did was that, because it was not ready, they forced its commissioning and destroyed it. They then needed US$275 million to refurbish it. Their administration destroyed T3, and they have decided not to live with the truth.
Mr Speaker, Sonor-Asogli Power Ltd was started during Kufuor's time. Under him, Akosombo was retrofitted to produce from 900 megawatts to 1000 megawatts. They do not even know this, and they do not care to know. They engage in propaganda; they cannot do so in this House.
Mr Speaker, we have insisted that under the NDC, the problem of the shortages was attributable to both
financial and managerial incompetencies. We have alluded to these matters here, and we do not need to repeat ourselves.
Mr Speaker, in 2011 to 2012, Govern- ment was indebted to the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) to the tune of GH¢700 million, and it was also indebted to the Volta River Authority (VRA). Government owed the Bulk Distribution Companies (BDC) hugely, and huge interests were piling up.
Mr Speaker, the combined effects of these three was what led us to the dumsor. These were the three: financial, managerial and incompetence. When we assumed office during the Administration of President Kufuor, the power generation capacity in this country was in excess of 3,000 megawatts. The generating unit that had been commenced -- what Kufuor and Rawlings did, the two together -- was in excess of 3,000 megawatts.
Mr Speaker, therefore, we have said that what they did was the Karpower bringing 450 megawatts, APR Energy added 250 megawatts, GE, 300 megawatts, Ameri and so on. Nobody is saying that the NDC did not do anything at all, but that is what the Hon Minister spoke about. What we need, even today, is in the region of 2,500 to 2,600 megawatts. If they met 3,200 plus megawatts, then what was therefore the urgent need?
If they had managed it well, this nation would not have been plunged into darkness, and that is the simple truth. Lack of planning, as I said, and managerial incompetence on their part -- Yes, they added to it, but today, what we have is in the excess of 4,000 megawatts, and that is true. In fact, it is in the region of almost 4,800 megawatts.
Mr Speaker, again, we know the contractual agreement that we entered into, and that is what the Hon Minister
spoke about. Take it or leave it, why did they have to do it? Take or pay, why did they have to do that, to the extent that, today, every month, this nation has to pay what the Hon Minister alluded to of over US$25 million?
We should interrogate it and know how come they did these arrangements. The people of this country would get to know very soon, why they entered into those bogus agreements. We should be candid with truthfulness, and not propaganda.
Mr Speaker, when we talk about the northern parts of this country, we are not talking about the Northern, the Upper East and the Upper West Regions. In reality, the northern parts include the Brong Ahafo Region.
In fact, sometimes we even include the Ashanti Region. People do not even know these simple truths, so they rise up and tell us that the Hon Minister was only talking about Accra. Please, when someone talks, we should listen. This is not Radio Gold, but the Parliament of Ghana.
Mr Speaker, therefore, they should listen well when they make attributions, especially when the Hon Minister is here talking to us. They are rather misquoting him right here in this Chamber.
Mr Speaker, the Hon Minister has indicated to us, and has given us timelines that by next week, this problem would be resolved. He has spoken to the causes of
power outages that we have seen, and the effort that has gone into remedying the situation.
Mr Speaker, we have faith, and I have said that God is on the side of the optimist. God certainly is not on the side of the pessimist, who by their mouths, would want to plunge this nation into eternal darkness. Light would shine in this country, and the people of this country would know where the truth lies. As the Good Book says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” The pessimists would be disappointed, but the optimist would live to see the light of day.
Mr Speaker, I thank you very much.