Ghana power sector sheds thousands of jobs
from RUSSEL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA’S latest move to privatise its power utility will likely cost more than 3 000 workers their jobs in a country that is already battling to generate adequate electricity supply.
Over the past four months, Ghana has been experiencing massive load-shedding due to acute power shortage following being switched off in Nigeria due to reported oil and gas strike in that country.
Thousands of workers employed by Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have lost jobs in Ashanti East District.
More are expected to be shed off nationwide.
Speaking on national radio, an ECG Maintenance Officer said privatisation of the Ghana utility would result in thousands of workers lose their jobs.
“What is so bad is that next year, about 3 000 workers of ECG are going home and they are going to add up to the unemployment situation in the country.
“The consequence of this is that as they want to sell the ECG, Ghanaians will suffer more when they buy credit from ECG, the situation of the credit will be more than fuel Increment,” he added.
Lately, Ghana has been grappling with power outages, shortage of gas among others that caused severe power shortage resulting in loadshedding.
– CAJ News
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