Vice President of IMANI, Mr. Kofi Bentil has appealed to government to create more markets and incentives to enable the private sector take up certain roles in renewing energy for the country.
The issue of involving the private sector to help solve the renewable energy crisis in the country was raised at a seminar which was themed “Energy Strategies in Africa: Identifying Challenges and addressing the priorities.
Ghana has over the years suffered in terms of supplying uninterrupted power to its citizens.
Mr. Bentil also encouraged government to channel more funds to promote the renewable resources in the country.
‘’Government must create markets and incentives for private sector to go more into that area. It’s not that renewable energy is expensive. Government has indeed enough policy but the real problem is project management and financing.” he said
We are prepared to use billions of money to develop hydro and oil resources but we don’t seem to be prepared to use the same amount of money or even a fraction there of to develop renewable resources. There tend to be private initiatives but government has a role to play’’. he added.
He further stated that the country is capable of maintaining a strong energy level and thus if the country returns to era of power rationing, then the fault will be placed entirely on the government
It is not magic or things beyond human beings to do. It is the matter of engineering and finances. If the people in charge of our energy system do the right thing there is no reason to go back to dumsor if we go back to dumsor it is because of the failure of leadership’’ he said
Head of Research at IMANI, Mr. Patrick Kwabena Stephenson, addressing the challenges facing the Energy sector at the seminar noted that Africa has failed to make use of its natural resources to promote development.
He indicated that even though Africa is very rich in energy resources, it is very poor in terms of production and usage.
He said every country must endeavor to improve its energy resources and make it available to aid in development.
‘’…indeed Belgium which is small country of about eleven million people produce as much energy as the whole of Africa. Naturally Africa has millions of barrels of oil but Africa is among the least of users of fossil fuel. Africa maybe has the most sunshine but we have very little solar power usage, Africa is rich in terms of energy resources but poor in production and usage’’ he lamented.
Mr. Stephenson further suggested that Energy Experts and various institutions related to the energy sector should construct a plan to develop energy systems that will solve the energy problems in the country.
Story by: Promise Zorve/universnewsroom.com