Some traders in the Kumasi Metropolis have called on the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to extend the ‘dumsor’ timetable to the Ashanti Region.
According to them, this is to enable residents and business people to plan their daily activities well.
Hence, the recent situation where the lights go off unannounced is severely affecting their businesses.
And there is the need for the ECG to provide them with timelines to enable them to prepare for an alternative source of power.
The traders, who made the appeal in separate interviews with the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, expressed grave concern about the current energy situation in the country.
A frozen food seller, Mr. Isaac Yeboah pointed out that the unannounced power cuts were severely affecting his business since most of the items got rotten during the off periods.
Likewise, he has to make emergency fuel purchases to power his generator to save the products from going bad.
In addition, Madam Afua Serwaa said the ‘dumsor’ with its resultant heat conditions had brought a lot of heat rashes, especially on children.
She said ‘dumsor’ was affecting almost every business and mentioned hospitals, banks, printing houses, barbers, hairdressers and others as those heavily receiving the blunt of the problem.
Also, a trader at the Central Market, Wofa Yaw Owususaid that unexpected power cuts were affecting electrical appliances both at home, offices, and shops, and that often resulted in fire outbreaks.
Therefore, called on the ECG to extend the timetable to the region as it has done for Accra to help reduce the burden of residents.
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