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Kent Mensah writes: May your tenure as Minister of Energy be as illuminating as a candle in a blackout


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Ghanaians have over the past few weeks registered their displeasure over the intermittent power outages being experienced in the country also known in the local parlance as “Dumsor”

While some have described the phenomenon as a possible return to the intermittent power cuts experienced under the NDC regime in 2014, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Energy Ministry has said there is no  dumsor..

Amidst the back and forth, some power consumers have called for a power rationing timetable to help them plan but the Energy Ministry insists there is no dumsor.

Energy Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has asserted that Ghana is not currently experiencing “dumsor” hence there was no need for a load-shedding timetable.

In our maiden episode of #DumsorSeries, we bring you an open letter written by Ghanaian journalist Kent Mensah on the development:

Below is the full Letter:

Dear Honourable Minister of Energy,

I hope this letter finds you well, basking in the comfort of uninterrupted electricity while the rest of us stumble through the dark like clumsy ninjas in a poorly lit action movie.

Anyway, allow me to extend my sincerest gratitude for your recent comments in the media, dismissing the existence of load shedding as a mere figment of our collective imaginations. Your denial is truly awe-inspiring, akin to a magician’s sleight of hand, making power outages disappear before our very eyes. Bravo!

Your suggestion that those of us suffering from these unannounced power outages should bring our own timetables was truly enlightening, pun intended. I must admit, I hadn’t considered the possibility of scheduling my own electricity disruptions. Perhaps I should invest in a crystal ball or consult a psychic to predict when my laptop will suddenly lose power mid-Zoom meeting.

Your disregard for the struggles of ordinary Ghanaians who rely on electricity for their livelihoods is truly commendable. Your nonchalant attitude towards the plight of businesses, students, and families left in the dark is a shining example of leadership…or should I say, a flickering candle in a storm of incompetence?

As someone who works remotely and depends heavily on electricity, I am eternally grateful for your insightful advice to bring my own timetable. I shall promptly purchase a generator (or maybe invest in solar) and hire a team of mathematicians to create a complex algorithm to predict the next power outage.

Let me paint you a picture, dear Minister, of the reality that many Ghanaians face. Picture a weary parent, returning home after a hard day’s work, only to find their house plunged into darkness. Picture the struggle of fanning sweating children all night just to manage a few hours of restless sleep. Picture starting the day already worn out, having spent the night cleaning sweat and playing the role of babysitter. This is the harsh reality that many of us endure, while you sit comfortably in your office, insulated from the chaos.

On the rare occasion when electricity graces us with its presence, it does so with a cruel twist. The current is so low that I dare not switch on appliances like freezers or air conditioners, rendering them as useful as a broken promise.

In conclusion, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your invaluable contributions to the comedy circuit. Your statements have provided much-needed laughter in these dark times, quite literally. May your tenure as Minister of Energy be as illuminating as a candle in a blackout.

Yours sarcastically,

McBlackout K Mensah

source: Kent Mensah