Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency in the Western region and Vice Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Mr. George Mireku Duker has called on the country’s Security Agencies to up their game to bring perpetrators of damage Electricity Pylons within the Tema enclave to book.
According to him the nation could only avoid such kind of recklessness and unwarranted damage to national assets as well as to deter other people who will conceive such evil plans to do harm will depend on how quick the Security Agencies tasked to investigate into the matter are able to apprehend the perpetrator (s) and punish them severely.
The Tarkwa-Nsuaem lawmaker made the call on the floor of Parliament when he read a statement on the recent damage of power transmission pylon belonging to Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) by some unknown nation wreckers and the need for urgent preventive measures to forestall further occurrence.
According to him, information gathered from GRIDCo, has it that the damaged tower forms part of the transmissional chain that transmit power from Karpower, VRA and AKSA to the national grid. The unfortunate situation resulted in power interruptions to parts of Greater Accra including Dansoman, Kasoa, Swan Lake and parts of Western and Ashanti Regions respectively.
“Mr Speaker, this despicable act of vandalism to the transmission pylon which occurred around 1:30am on Monday, 25, March, 2019 saw the whole power generation systems losing some 180 megawatts of power and I am of the view that the intention to cause pandemonium in the country is a cause to worry as this same incident has been happening in other jurisdictions.” He said.
Tarkwa-Nsuaem MP explained that on March 8, 2019 the people of Venezuela were shocked to the marrow, when saboteurs waged an “Electrical War” to cut out power supply poles, leaving millions in the dark.
“Mr Speaker, the state-owned electricity operator Corpoelec blamed the outage on an act of sabotage at the Guri Dam.
“Again on November 22, 2015 the Russian government announced a state of emergency in the disputed Crimean Peninsula late Saturday evening after power to the regions was suddenly cut in an apparent act of sabotage.
“Mr Speaker, there is a notorious power saboteur group named as “Dragonfly” based in the United States of America who have been operating under cover to dismantle electricity power installations in the world. They have been in operation since 2011 and have been targeting electricity transmission infrastructures, electricity generation infrastructures, petroleum pipelines etc. and their target operations have so far been Poland, Romania, Greece, Italy, Serbia, France, USA, etc.
“These examples are enumerated Mr Speaker, to guide us to be informed of the trending calculated saboteurs who can practically cause mayhem in the power sector to infringe on the economic growth of our country.”
He pointed out that the unfortunate incident which he believed is an attack on the nation must be a wakeup call to all of us on the urgent need to intensify protection of all our national assets. In an era of technological advancement, there is an urgent need for the country to invest in technology to protect and safeguard all our strategic national installations that provide essential services for our daily survival.
Mr. Mireku Duker, however, called on state entities such as GRIDCo, the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Ghana Water Company Limited, Ghana Gas, Power Distribution Services (PDS) and the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) to put in place measures to monitor all their assets no matter their distance from a central location by the use of technology.
The Tarkwa-Nsuaem MP believes putting in place such measures to monitor all national assets will enhance early detection when saboteurs invade our national installations.
Mr. Mireku Duker said the unfortunate damage of power transmission pylon must be condemned by all well-meaning Ghanaians irrespective of their political party affiliation because it was an attack on the integrity of this nation.
He appealed to the general public especially those living in and around Tema, Dawhenya, Aflenya, Kpone, Ashaiman and Prampram to help volunteer information on any suspected individual (s) to the police to aid investigations.
Meanwhile, GRIDCo has estimated to spend a total amount of $100,000 to replace the two pylons that were destroyed as a result of the havoc.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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