Mr. Ishmael Ackah Head of Policy Unit at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has revealed that the country’s indebtedness to the Nigeria for light crude supplied is the reason the latter is no longer willing to keep to its agreement.
Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor on Thursday in a release blamed the erratic power supply witnessed in the country to delays in the supply of light crude as a result of force majeure caused by unprecedented vandalism of major pipelines and five terminals in Nigeria.
But Mr. Ackah stated on the Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko said the Ghana owes Nigeria for natural gas and light crude it supplied which has not been paid for.
“We owe them, one of the reasons we are not getting gas and light crude and not sabotage”, he stated.
According to him, some of the reasons outlined by the Power Ministry could be true; the failure of Nigeria was nothing short of its indebtedness.
“Ghana owes Nigeria for natural gas and light crude supplied. They can buy light crude and natural gas elsewhere to power the plants to give us electricity if they have the money. Why will they be relying on only Nigeria for it?” he asked
He stated that government cannot claim it has no money in view of the fact that from 2009 it has been receiving the petroleum levy yet failed to account to the citizenry how much has been realized and how it has been spent.
Mr. Ackah called for transparency within the energy sector and called on government and its agencies to be fair in their dealings with the country to appreciate their efforts in resolving the energy situation.