May 4, 2015

Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has said President John Dramani Mahama is not to be bothered about the effect of the current power crisis on Ghanaian businesses, because his brother’s business is thriving in spite of the power difficulties.

The ongoing power crisis which has entered its fourth year, has resulted in several companies shutting down operations partially or wholly, leading to some workers being laid off. Groups such as the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Ghana Chamber of Commerce have complained severally about the devastating effect of the power crises on their businesses.

President John Mahama during his address at this year’s May Day celebration in Accra said smart businesses are not laying off workers, but “are rather investing more resources to expand their production in Ghana.”

However speaking on Multi TV’s Badwam show on Monday, Hon. Afenyo Markin stated that he was not surprised the least about the President’s comment since he and his family are privileged and are nor feeling the pinch of the power crisis.

“Why will President Mahama not say what he said when Engineers and Planners (E&P), his brothers company is doing well despite Dumsor Dumsor. He and his family are constantly supplied with electricity so that is what he’ll say. The least the President could do was to share in the suffering of Ghanaians and not to add more insult to their injuries” he said.

Hon. Afenyo Markin stressed that this certainly cannot be an era of better Ghana like the government promised Ghanaians when there is economic hardship coupled with such intense power crisis.

He urged President John Dramani Mahama to render an unqualified apology to Ghanaians for his comments as the entire country has largely remained very patient with the government despite the worsening state of affairs.

Kwadwo Anim/