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By Isabella Agyakwa October 31, 2019 1347 11 comments

A total of 582 communities in five regions are expected to be connected to the national grid, through a $103 million deal struck between the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Energy, and the China International Water and Electric Corporation.

The beneficiary regions are Ashanti, Bono, Eastern, Volta and Western, who constitute Phase Two of the initial electrification package for 1,033 communities.

Speaking to journalists at the bi-weekly press briefing yesterday in Accra, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said Cabinet has given approval for the projects to be implemented in the five regions.

“The Phase One project was earmarked to connect 495 communities in 15 districts of the Ashanti, Eastern, Volta and Western regions, which is about 90 per cent complete, with 441 communities already connected to the national grid,” he explained.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said that the money for Phase Two will be used to finance the supply of electrical materials and equipment for the electrification projects in these communities.

Project

The agreement is part of the Government’s National Electrification Scheme, which is aimed at reducing poverty, especially in rural areas, increasing the overall socio-economic development of the nation and enhancing the activities in other sectors of the economy such as agriculture, health, education and tourism.

The scope of the project includes design, manufacture, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning, as well as handing over of the electrification project to the beneficiary communities.

“Government believes the scheme will also create jobs in the rural areas, thus reducing the rate of rural to urban migration and, most importantly, contribute significantly towards the achievement of universal access to electricity, a minimum of 90 per cent by 2020,” the Information Minister said.

$200million for Accra

In addition, he disclosed that Cabinet has approved a $200million credit facility from the International Development Association (IDA) for the implementation of the proposed Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah indicated that the ministries of Works and Housing, Sanitation and Water Resources, Inner-City and Zongo Development and Local Government and Rural Development will spearhead the project.

“Among their respective roles, the Works and Housing will use its share of the fund to handle drainage of key water outlets, including the Odaw River, while the Sanitation Ministry will be responsible for the construction of transfer stations and landfill sites,” he explained.

Benefits

The Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project is expected to improve flood risk management and solid waste management in the Odaw River Basin of the Greater Accra Region and improve access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted communities within the basin.

It is also expected to mitigate the impact of floods, which often lead to the loss of lives and damage to properties, thereby enhancing economic and social development.

The Information Minister further told journalists that solid waste management, which has also been a major sanitation hurdle for the government, will be improved under the project.

“About 500,000 people from low income communities will benefit from solid waste collection and final disposal capacity improvements,” he said.






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