My “banish dumsor” Comment Was Only a Prayer Request – President Mahama


President John Mahama has said that a
comment he made to the effect that the erratic
power supply (dumsor-dumsor) in the country
will be banished this year was only a prayer
request and not a promise.
The President told members of the Perez
Chapel in Accra on the night of December 31
that 2015 will be “one in which we banish
darkness from our land and put an end to
dumsor forever”.
The comment was met with criticism by some
Ghanaians, who pointed that the President
had a tendency to make promises without
fulfilling them.
But speaking Wednesday on Kumasi-based
Angel FM, on the occasion of his second year
in power, President Mahama clarified his
“I won’t say I made a promise, it was an all-
night to see the beginning of 2015 and in
times like that, people make wishes to God
and I’m the President and seeing the way the
erratic power supply is disturbing this country,
should my prayer to end it be interpreted as a
“It was a prayer request I mad to God on
behalf of all Ghanaians and I’m confident God
has listened to the prayer” he said.
The President added that Ghana had signed
agreements to add about 3000 megawatts of
electricity to the national grid with a view to
ending the power crisis.
This, he said, would be more than enough to
satisfy Ghana’s power supply needs for the
next 10 years.
“We are solving the problem not for today but
for the future. My appeal is for Ghanaians to
be patient so that we can solve this problem
once and for all.
“If I leave power and another President comes,
he can also add another 1000, 2000
megawatts, so that between now and 2050,
when some of us may be no more, our children
can benefit from it,” President Mahama noted.


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