Parliament was yesterday compelled to suspend sitting after power fluctuations, known in the local parlance as ‘dumsor,’ disrupted proceedings.
For about 16 minutes after the business of the House had commenced, according to our Parliamentary Correspondent, Franklin Asare-Donkoh, there was a blackout.
Our further checks with our reporter showed that the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system could not run due to some faults it developed over the weekend.
Speaking to the Parliamentary Press Corp on the development, the Director of Public Affairs in Parliament, Kate Addo, said they were working to fix the UPS as soon as possible.
She indicated that their generators were working but it was the UPS that services the chamber and audio facilities so they were working to bring it back to life.
“We are working to reboot the UPS at the moment,” she said.
She also indicated that Parliament would stay off the national grid for the rest of the day (yesterday) to avoid any unforeseen eventualities.
As a result of that, the Parliament public affairs director said the MPs would have to sit for longer hours to make up for the lost time,
“…we were hoping for a smooth running of the sitting today…but it comes with the territory so we are prepared for it,” she lamented.
Ms Addo also noted that her outfit was working to ensure the House runs on the generator for the rest of the week but she added that her superiors must approve of the suggestion.
There have been similar reports of blackouts reported all over the country.
For example, on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019 some parts of Western and Northern Ghana as well as most parts of Accra were hit by power outage few minutes after 7:00 pm. It was heralded by low current and fluctuations.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) has accepted blame for the total blackout experienced in some parts of the country Tuesday night, and apologised to Ghanaians for the outage, which triggered backlash against the Power Distribution Services (PDS), formerly ECG.
GRIDCo in a statement yesterday explained that the power outage was caused by a system failure of its transmission lines in the west tripped together with all generating units at Aboadze, Bui, Asogli, Kpone and the Kpong generating stations.
According to the power transmission company, within three minutes, the tripped lines were restored, but “it took some time for some thermal generating units to restart resulting in the long outage”.
It said power had since 6:57a.m., yesterday morning been restored to all bulk supply points, and assured the public it would continue to work with all stakeholders to provide adequate supply to customers.
Earlier, PDS issued a statement to explain that the outage experienced in western and central Accra was due to technical challenges upstream.
It said power supply to the Mallam and Graphic Road Bulk Supply Points (BSPs) was curtailed as a result of the technical challenges.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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