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WHAT A LOAD OF NONSENSE: Ghana Has Best Electricity Access In Africa

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Posted on 07 Apr 2013 at 8:26am

A Ghana supporter arrives at Gold Coast bar-restaurant in Brixton, south London.

This is the sort of ‘nonsense’ dust Ghanaian politrickians and those in charge of affairs continue to throw into our eyes. Ghanaians are crying each day; small and big businesses have been compelled to shut down because there is no consistent supply of electricity.

And instead of those in charge getting things fixed for the general good of the people, they jump to compare the bad situation to how worse it is somewhere…

REALLY?

It is like you saying, I am a thief but there are worse thieves out there…WTH! Chris-Vincent wrote an article about this and here it is in play…

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 PeaceFm Reports;

Even though Ghanaians are undergoing power crisis, which has resulted in massive load shedding and power disruptions, Ghana’s energy sector runs high as compared to other African countries in the sub-Saharan belt in terms of electricity access and utilization, says Mr. Kwaku Awotwe, Chief Executive of Volta River Authority (VRA).

According to him, in spite of the challenges, Ghana’s access to electricity remains one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, adding “access to electricity is currently 74 percent. On average, access to electricity in Ghana is about 60 percent. This compares with Nigeria and Kenya’s average of 30 percent.”

Speaking in an interview with The Al-Hajj, Mr. Awotwe noted that, despite the country going through some difficulties in the energy sector, which he promised will soon be a thing of the past, “Ghana is by far ahead of its neighbors on the African continent in the areas of electricity access and utilization.”

“Believe it or not, on infrastructure, Ghana is twice as good as in most other African countries. So when you compare to a lot of African countries you may or may not be surprised that the 1020 megawatt (MW) investment in the Akosombo dam that was made in Ghana 50 years ago has set the foundation for a much more developed infrastructure which rates Ghana high in relation to other African countries,” Mr. Awotwe stated.

He added that within sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana is second to South Africa in terms of access to electricity.

Citing Nigeria as an example, he stated, Nigeria’s access to electricity is actually lower than Ghana’s, and their consumption per person per year is also lower than Ghana’s, noting, in terms of consumption of electricity and access to electricity, Ghana is actually a leader in sub-Saharan Africa.

“In Ghana, we complain when we pay 11 pesewas (8 US cents) per unit of electricity. Our northern neighbors pay 25 US cents and in the case of Liberia they pay 45 US cents and they would love to get some of Ghana’s power. So if we can get the gas and get the power generated in Ghana and can get transmission lines built across West Africa, that power will not just provide electricity for Ghana but it will provide electricity for the whole sub-region and as far as the transmission line can go,” he added.

He added “That is the fantastic place Ghana finds itself today. Nigeria or Cote d’Ivoire could play a similar role but the fact on the ground is that Ghana is already playing that role. The government recognizes that for Ghana to play that effective role as the electricity hub of the sub-region, some reform in the power sector will be necessary in order to attract private investors.”

As part of measures to boost power supply in the country, the VRA boss hinted of plans to establish a wind farm that will add between 50 to 80 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. Mr. Awotwe added that, a 10MW solar plant is currently under construction at Kaleo and Lawra.

“Africa has huge energy potential but very few African countries are really using wind energy. The three countries that are using wind energy the most are Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, but even these countries have been slow to push for more investments in wind energy sector. Currently, Ghana has also built a 2 megawatts solar farm at Navrongo,” Mr. Awotwe stated.

The United States had the second largest installed capacity of wind power, after Germany until 2008, when it surpassed Germany with a wind energy capacity of 21000 MW.

A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location used for production of electric power. A wind farm may be located offshore to take advantage of strong winds blowing over the surface of an ocean or lake.

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  • Dr. Miyagi

    *singing* Yen ara y’asase ne, n’aye atɔn ama Chinafoɔ…ɛno nti na ama ECG ɛyɛ yen dumsɔ yi!!! Cause Ghana electricity is a hot mess. Things Have Been Soo Bad that we tend to thank ECG when some household get 24hrs of electricity.

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  • Ajoa

    How many African countries have you been to? Your level of ignorance gets worse by the day……

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  • http://Nill.com Emma

    Stop making comparism with Nigerian. While Ghana 2000megawatts of electricity is enough for Ghana the 4500megawatts Nigeria has and is increasing iS not even enough for lagos state along talk less of.IT is not about transmissions but consumption.put the record straight how many million Ghana s had constant electricity in the past so that Nigeria would concentrate on same number here. Oh you think if our current generation is concentrated to lagos state there won’t be constant power in Nigeria? NigerIans problem is distributing the small one we have for every to use imagine 170 million people using 4500MW while im Ghana 30 million people are using 2000MW.. THERE IS NO BASICS FOR THAT COMPARISM AS POPULATION COUNTS IN ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION.

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    kofienock Reply:

    @Emma, jackass remember Ghana supply Togo and Burkina Faso Electricity . Do you guys think At all. gosh. all know of Nigerian are thiefs..

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    Emma Reply:

    @kofienock, remember Nigeria is also supplying Parts of Benin and also Niger. We also share our LITTLE GAS with which is used to power the various power plants with Ghana. Pls don’t bring theif thing here, this is not azonto.

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    kofienock Reply:

    @Emma, gotcha man. am not that type but its just frustrating.. ugh

  • akua

    I am here in Senegal and we have electricity 99% of the time. We use to have power shedding and it happened once that we had no electricity for 48hrs. The citizens of this country were bold enough to go on the streets to protest. The next day the power shedding stopped. The thing with us ghanaians is that we love talking without taking actions and though I am notfor violence we have to make ECG and the government know that we are very very upset with the situation.

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