New directives from the Energy Minister indicate that Ghanaians will have to endure the recent power outages for five more days.

The Minister of Energy, Peter Amewu blamed the recent outages on technical challenges and the construction of an interchange at Pokuase in Accra.

Many parts of the country were hit with widespread blackout twice this week.

Mr. Amewu hopes that the challenges will be rectified within the next five days in order for power distribution to be normalised.

“Definitely because of the construction work that is going on [at Pokuase] there is a need for them [companies in the power distribution chain to halt the transmission of power for this period. So these are some of the problems they are facing. You can see the progress of work and my expectation is that it is going to be completed within about five days. But we’ve put in measures to minimize the impact. This is one of the major causes of interruptions. The problem has been caused by technical issues,” Amewu assured.

The Minister gave the assurance on Thursday when he toured some electricity substations and facilities connected to the recent outages.

He explained that the outages have largely been technical challenges and not generation of power.

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Jonathan Amoako-Baah also assured that measures have been put in place to ensure consistent power supply within the next few days.