The Deputy Minister of Energy, Joseph Cudjoe, has urged the Energy Commission to adopt measures to ensure that Ghana’s local content and local participation laws and regulations are implemented to the letter.
Speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Energy Commission on the theme ‘Renewable Energy: Exploiting Energy Resources At The District Level’,the Deputy Minister indicated that other countries have adopted the local content and local participation policies as avenues of job creation.
“This strategy has proven to be useful in addressing unemployment, which is one of the biggest challenges confronting many nations,” he noted.
The Commission, he noted, has chalked a lots of successes with a tall lists of Legislative Instruments (LI) developed by the Commission.
“In all I can count 15 Legislative Instruments: four on natural gas, five on energy efficiency and six on electricity including local content regulations” he said.
Speaking in the stead of his minister, Mr. Cudjoe stated that the ministry has passed the LI through for parliamentary approval for the purpose of regulating the energy sector, stressing that albeit Parliament has not passed the LI, the Commission should implement it to the letter.
He added that the Energy Commission has certified people in the system who do wiring at the residential, industrial and commercial level, adding that “these people have been examined so when you rely on them, you can be sure that one day your house would not be on fire or your electricity bills won’t be increasing”.
Mr Cudjoe observed that some modest gains were being made in renewable energy, noting that the recent inauguration of a solar plant in Winneba is a case in point.
“By the year 2030, we want to get about 10% renewable mix in our system. We are promoting the usage of gas to power our thermal plants rather than liquid fuel and we must laud the efforts to apply clean and cheaper energy sources,”he added.
The Executive Secretary of Energy Commission, Dr Alfred Kwabena Ofosu Ahenkorah, disclosed that at the end of last year, 84.3% of the population had access to electricity.
He explained that the idea of making electricity accessible to all was to allow the private sector to participate in a properly regulated manner so that the people in the villages are not forced to pay more than the people living in the cities.