Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, the Minister for Trade and Industry has urged Ghanaians to be grateful for what they have in terms of the energy situation in the country. According to him, government has made great strides towards stabilizing the energy situation. Dr Spio has said that Ghana’s current energy situation is much more efficient than that of many other African countries.
Dr Spio who was addressing some business delegations at a breakfast meeting in Accra said that Ghana has the highest penetration of power per population in the whole of sub-Sahara Africa.
According to him, about 78% of Ghanaians have access to electricity. He explained that not having the means to tap the power does not mean it does not exist. Ghana’s argument is based on a revelation made by The African Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), that Ghana’s expected generation this year amounts to 580 Megawatts, which will be less than the projected peak demand of 2,600 Megawatts.
He urged Ghanaians to appreciate the milestones achieved by government in resolving the power crisis and stop the complaints. He explained that “If you add the power available to Burkina Faso, Mali, guinea, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Benin, Togo etc, Ghana has more power than them”. He said that countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia are battling with 100 Mega Watts unlike Ghana which has up to 3,000 Mega Watts.
For the past four years, Ghana has been dealing with massive energy crisis which has resulted in the shedding of load to support the daily activities of citizens. Earlier in April, the Ministry of Power had announced it would rest some hydro plants which have been stressed over the years. This might in turn lead to more ‘dumsor’ which has been laid to rest for some time.
All the same, Dr Spio has asked Ghanaians to stay positive and appreciate the government.