Stop Politicising Energy Issues

Energy-minister_Armah_Kofi_BoahThe Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has advised politicians to depoliticise matters on the energy sector.

According to him, energy issues such as international pricing of fuel, subsidising fuel price, managing the Jubilee Oil Field and other energy issues in the country should not be politicised but must be addressed holistically.

Mr. Buah, who said this at the Ministry’s encounter with news editors in Accra on Friday, stated that it was time for politicians to move away from fuel politics and deal decisively with energy matters.

“The energy sector should be freed from partisan politics and be managed efficiently devoid of politics. That is the best way to resolve the many challenges confronting the sector”, he remarked.

He explained that as far as his outfit was concerned, government was on course and well focused in confronting the challenges at the energy sector without any partisan politics stating that, “government’s target of generating up to 5,000 megawatts by 2016 and revamping the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) were genuine and free of politics”.

He added that government was working around the clock to ensure that the power and petroleum sectors rise to the challenge of economic growth.

As part of efforts at realising this stated objective, government has speeded up works on the gas processing plant at Atuabo in the Western Region and has also set up a task force to give TOR a major facelift and investigate matters at the refinery.

“Additionally, repair works on the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) has been completed to currently supply 50 million cubic feet of gas to power all the thermal plants in the country, thereby generating enough electricity for the nation,” he stated.

He said as a result of this, electricity power has been stabilised, and that the load-shedding is over, adding that “any power outage would be a break in normal flow of local electricity supply but not as a result of low power generation”.

Mr. Buah also assured of government’s commitment to making nuclear energy a viable option in power generation stating that “measures have been put in place to realise that goal”.

“We are also considering solar energy as another option to supplement electricity and as such government has began a free distribution of solar lanterns across the country,” he further stated.  –  Charles Amankwa

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