The NPP parliamentary candidate for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah, has said that the role played by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the energy sector is what saved the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
He contends that the huge financial support given the company to ensure that it provides efficient and sustainable electricity supply to the nation is a mark of a competent and visionary leader who is committed to promoting and improving the livelihood of Ghanaians.
In an interview with the media, Mr Twum Barimah, who is an energy expert with experience in upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, commended the President for ensuring that all debts owed ECG by government were paid.
He further commended the President for making available some US$ 130 million to ECG to purchase new operational equipment to replace the obsolete ones to enable it provide efficient, reliable and sustainable power in Ghana.
He noted that the President’s vision is what has ended the dumsor visited on the country by the erstwhile NDC administration.
“ECG has now been resourced heavily in financial terms. The company which struggled to survive under the NDC administration is now performing to expectation. This attests to the fact that we have a competent and visionary leader as President Akufo-Addo running the affairs of this country.
“The next four years of President Akufo-Addo’s administration will see a continuation of good governance, stable and even improved power delivery that will sustain and promote economic growth. Electricity will continue to be on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year without any artificial interruption. So we all support the ‘four more for Nana’ Agenda to victory on 7th December” he stated
The President, last month, released $130 million to ECG to replace all obsolete equipment within its line of operation. This is expected to add value, transform power faster, reduce losses and make power cheaper for consumers. The ECG has been operating with obsolete equipment over the past 30 years.
Government has also been able to renegotiate the pricing of gas from the country’s oil fields from $8.8 to $6.08, and reduced that of Jubilee Gas, in particular, from $3 to zero. Government has procured 12 million energy-saving bulbs to reduce the consumption of energy. Losses in power distribution is also expected to be reduced drastically by ensuring that the ECG and the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) implement incentive-based loss reduction targets for all.