Energy Crisis Ghana’s No. 1 problem is power insecurity - ACEP

According to the Center, what compounds the situation is whether or not Ghana has the right medium to long term policies to deal with deficit.

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Director of ACEP, Mohammed Amin Adams play

Director of ACEP, Mohammed Amin Adams

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The African Center for Energy Policy ACEP has said that the most pressing problem of the Ghanaian today is power insecurity.

According to the Center, what compounds the situation is whether or not Ghana has the right medium to long term policies to deal with deficit.

Speaking at a Citizen Energy Manifesto campaign in Takoradi dubbed “Citizen Agenda for Energy Sector Development” in the Western Region, the Executive Director of ACEP, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam explained that “the serious challenge our country is faced with today is energy. As a result of lack of gas, most of our power plants are lying idle. Others are producing below capacity. Gas is not coming from Nigeria. Our own indigenous gas is not sufficient. Meanwhile, in the medium to long term, Ghana will need up to 500 million standard cubic feet of gas every day to add to the gas we are getting from Jubilee, what we will get from TEN and that of Sankofa”.

But currently, apart from Jubilee Field sporadically producing gas, supplies from Nigeria through the West African gas Pipeline has also been erratic due to ‘sabotage’ and Ghana government’s indebtedness to the company. 

“This means that we have to get the right medium to long term plan in order to end this power insecurity, else very soon we will head for another power crisis as a result of lack of fuel”, Dr. Amin stated.

Kumasi plunged into darkness (File photo) play Energy crisis in Ghana

 

Dr. Amin reiterated the Center’s position that the current load management has been occasioned not by inadequate installed capacity but lack of sufficient supply of fuel to power the plants.

He charged the citizenry to demand from politicians and policy makers the right policies which will transform the power and petroleum sector ahead of this year’s election.

“This is why we at ACEP think that, the people who have been feeling the pinch of the policies from Nkrumah’s time must have a say and the opportunity to speak out their ideas on why politicians should look at either short term solutions or the medium to long term ones”.

He charged all citizens and other organizations to encourage issue-based campaigning and discourage statements and comments that could mar the stability of the country.

He concluded that “as we at ACEP are going round seeking your views on how the petroleum and power sector can be revolutionized, we would have been happier if other CSOs are also focusing on Agric, economy and other areas to get issues of concerning to the Ghanaian. This will help drive the political party’s manifestos to be one that is based on issues and devoid of personal attacks and unsavory comments”.

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