15th July 2024

Parliament has approved a budgetary allocation of GHC854, 062,706 for the Ministry of Energy for the 2021 financial year.

The breakdown for the expenditure includes Employee Compensation of GHC4.4 million; Goods and Services, GHC6.3million; Capital Expenditure and ABFA, GHC76 million; Retained IGF (Energy Commission), GHC68.3 million; and Development Partners (DP) Funds, GHC679.4 million.

The Chairman of the Committee on Mines and Energy, Samuel Atta Akyea, presenting the committee’s report, said that the approval of the amount would go a long way to support the achievement of the sector’s goal of providing secure, safe and reliable supply of energy to promote economic growth of the country.

 

Breakdown of projects

Mr Atta Akyea also observed that in 2021, the Ministry of Energy had planned to undertake various projects to improve its power generation and transmission sub-sector.

Some of these projects include the completion of Phase 1B of the Early Power project to bring the installed capacity to 200MW, the ongoing PPA renegotiations, and continuing the works on the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam and repair/replacement of T3 Gas turbines.

He said under the power distribution programmes, the Ministry intended to connect 766 towns to the national grid and continue on-going rural electrification projects under the Self-Help Electrification Project (SHEP)-4 and SHEP-5 across the country.

Also, as part of the Ministry’s effort at conserving energy, a total of 5 million LED bulbs (5W, 9W and 13W) would be distributed to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The Ministry plans to install street lights on an estimated minimum of 300km stretch of roads and streets in some selected Metropolises, Municipalities and Districts across the country.

Mr Akyea further observed that out of the total budget of GHC685,766,327 approved for the Ministry in 2020 financial year, a substantial amount of GHC441.03 million representing 64.3 percent was expected to be sourced from Development Partners (DP). At the end of the fiscal year under review, only GHC55.13 million, representing 12.5 percent of the total amount had been released by the DP.

He said that the Energy Commission in 2020 received only GHC30.05 million out of GHC77.61 million, representing 38.7 per cent of the approved budget.

 

According to him, the inadequacy of the funds released prevented the Ministry from undertaking most of its capital projects, particularly in the area of power generation, transmission and distribution, culminating in low performance to increasing national electricity access rate by only 0.19 percent.

Concerns

 

The Ranking Member on Energy, Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, in seconding the motion, said some of the major concerns they raised regarding the energy sector is that government was unable to invest in capital expenditure projects especially in the power sector.

He said why the Ministry of Energy could not undertake most of its capital projects was that they were relying on donor partners to fund their programmes.

Mr Kofi Buah therefore advised the government to make the Ministry a priority, saying energy is at the heart of the economy.

 

“If we are not willing to budget on capital expenditure projects we are not going anywhere,” he added.

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