President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given a firm assurance that his government will ensure regular power supply, despite the fluctuations in global energy prices. Taking that path, he said was important because the alternative is dangerous.
“ I want to reassure you that my government will continue to work towards keeping the lights on in spite of the global dynamics of energy pricing because the alternative is not an option.”
He added: “We are not going back to dumsor, we leave that to President Mahama.” President Akufo-Addo said this on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, when he commissioned the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) and Electricity Company’s Accra Central Bulk Supply Point constructed under the Project for the Reinforcement of Power Supply to Accra Central.
The 161 kilo-volt project, funded by the Government of Japan at the cost of $40m through its aid agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), comes on the back of the establishment of the Pokuase and Kasoa Bulk Supply Points in October 2021 and June 2022 respectively.
The project, a gas insulated sub-station, which is GRIDCo’s first sub-station with such technology, will guarantees stable, reliable and regular supply of electricity for the busy and bustling Accra Central Business District and surrounding areas.
Addressing the gathering, President Akufo-Addo stated that in the 21st century, any country that aspires to industrialise, as part of its economic agenda, and assure its people of a decent quality of life, must necessarily ensure that its citizens have access to stable, efficient, affordable power supply.
“Our daily lives, from simple things such as charging our mobile phones, and keeping our electrical appliances working, to operating our offices and businesses, are run by electric power. “Electricity is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity in this day and age, and we must commit ourselves to working hard to ensure that we achieve universal coverage in this country in order to spur on rapid rates of economic growth,” he said.
In a brief remarks at the event, the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, stated that the ministry is focused on its important duty to keep the lights on and the nation moving, adding, “this is a responsibility we take seriously. “
“I am confident that we are on the right path, and I know that with the support of Ghanaians, we will be able to help put this country on the right pedestal to ensure her growth,” he said.