Markets to be Rewired

The Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) has initiated steps towards the re-wiring of eight selected markets in Accra and the Northern region.

 

They include Madina, Mokola, Agbogbloshie, Dansoman, Kaneshie, Timber markets in Accra and Tamale Central and Tamale Timber markets.

 

The project, under MiDA’s Compact II programme dubbed Access Project (AP), is worth 498.2 million.

 

It seeks to provide safe, quality and reliable electricity in some markets and other social institutions.

 

It would also provide public lighting in the markets and economic enclaves improve the electricity infrastructure networks and deal with all illegal connections.

 

The Project Manager, Mr Samuel Asare Afram, at a media briefing, said the interventions proposed for the selected markets and economic enclaves among others include replacing existing distribution network with high voltage distribution system and installing new security lighting in the country.

 

He said the AP would directly impact the earning opportunities of people and also address social and gender inequalities.

 

Mr Afram said officials from MIDA have visited the said markets to assess the current state to enable them draw the modalities for the effective execution of the project.

 

According to the project manager, women’s income generating activities required high energy inputs while their access to modern energy for productive use is limited, “As most of the businesses in the markets are owned by low-income women, increased lighting and access to electricity will improve their income.”

 

Mr Afram said MiDA would continue long-term solutions, including partnerships, outreach and awareness that would improve safe, cost effective and legal electricity services among enterprises in targeted regions.

 

He said MiDA would continue to collaborate with the energy sector to provide reliable service to Ghanaians.

 

Mr Afram was optimistic that the project would provide security and prevent fire outbreaks in the markets.

 

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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