At a round-table discussion on the challenges facing the energy sector organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions, Kwabena Donkor, chairman, Mines and Energy Committee of Ghanaian Parliament, has dismissed Ghana’s energy policy, and denounced government for its over-reliance on Nigeria for gas supply.

Donkor described Ghanaian government’s decision as being “mentally retarding” and a case of “intellectual laziness” for government to rely on Nigeria for gas.

With Ghana expecting to produce gas from the Atuabo infrastructure, many, including President John Mahama, have assured Ghanaians that the erratic power supply the country is currently enduring will soon be a thing of the past when the Atuabo gas comes on stream.

But Donkor believes that can only be a statement made in deceit. He explained that the Atuabo gas is inadequate and cannot be the panacea to Ghana’s precarious energy crisis. Pointing to a government promise to produce 5,000 megawatts (mw) of power by the end of 2017, he said that such plans are not ambitious enough.

Donkor said Ghana should be looking at 10,000 mw of power in 2017 if other sources of generation are comprehensively explored. He said Ghana must aggressively search for other alternatives in its bid to increase the amount of power generated.

In view of this, Donkor argued vehemently for the coal alternative to be explored. He said that option is relatively cheaper as compared to the gas-thermal combination.

Ghana has been saddled with erratic power supply for the past few years with both residential and commercial users complaining. Government has assured it is working assiduously to remedy the challenge, but critics appear not to be impressed with the lack of urgency and the actions being taken by the government.

Folashade Olubayo
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