Ghana has been experiencing power outages for the last three years, making them the longest the country has experienced. For the past three years, you are lucky to get continuous power for 48hours, the maximum power every household gets is 12 hours.
You can only thank God if it exceeds the 12 hours. Ghanaians have termed it “dumsor”. Dumsor or more appropriately Dum Sɔ is a popular Ghanaian term used to describe persistent, irregular and unpredictable electric power outages. The term is coined from two separate words from the Asante Twi dialect of the Akan language (a language spoken widely in Ghana), dum (to turn off or quench) and sɔ (to turn on or to make light).
The power crisis negatively affected Ghana’s hosting of the AFCON 2008. The power crisis was however resolved in that same year(2008). However it resurfaced under the Mahama’s government after the death of then President John Evans Atta Mills in the Year 2012. The load shedding exercise has since been a periodic experience and has plunged the country into major power crisis from that period till now. Many companies are collapsing due to this.Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research(ISSER) in a recent research found out that Ghana lost about 1 billion dollars in 2014 alone because of Dumsor. There have been several promises from the current government to fix it but so far they have failed to deliver
The power challenges is causing more harm and taking the nation backwards.Here are Ten (10) absurd consequences of dumsor. Click “Continue Reading” to see them #DumsorMustStop