Government has reaffirmed its commitment to fixing the challenges at the Energy sector. It says measures have been put in place to address the issue to keep the industrialisation drive alive to create the needed jobs for the country.
Andrew Egyapa Mercer, deputy minister, speaking on behalf of the sector minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, said government is currently undertaking a study with the “World Bank to develop a key corperate strategy and investment respective for Ghana which will drive investment in the sector to help us achieve our goal.”
“Let me reiterate the fact that this government is committed to fixing the current energy challenges; mainly –Dealing with the current power issues; Facilitating additional oil fields; Make more and cheaper gas available to key industries [and] Restore the financial challenges of the sector as soon as possible,” he said.
He was speaking at one of the IMANI-GIZ Reform Dialogue Series on Access to Affordable Energy to Support Economic Growth and Job Creation in Ghana.
The Minister further noted his edifice has reviewed the 2010 Energy Policy to meet current challenges at the sector to forestall economic growth and job creation.
“We’ve worked to review the Energy Policy of 2010 and have come up with an updated version –taking into consideration the challenges and cases in global trend. We are seeking cabinet approval for its implementation”
“Access to affordable energy in support to economic growth and job creation in Ghana can only be achieved with a sound and effective energy policy,” he indicated.
With a seamless web of expertise ideas, Dr. Opoku Prempeh emphasised the government’s quest to use energy as the catalyst to propel economic growth to better the lives of Ghanaians.
“I remain firm in my conviction that President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a robust, affordable, dependable energy sector as the catalyst for systemic economic and industrial growth is achievable”
“We are working together towards a common purpose, in the marketplace of ideas, we shall achieve that and improve the lives of our people,” he concluded.