THERE is no doubt that an efficient and reliable power supply is one critical ingredient that propels industrialisation of a country. Perhaps we do not need to go far.
THE rationale behind the Akosombo Hydro Electric Power Plant by Ghana’s first President, late Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was to propel the country’s industrialisation’s drive.
THOUGH, to a large extent the dam served its purpose, it is obvious that Ghana’s increasing population has brought enormous pressure on the dam, as demand for electricity continues to increase with the sprouting of new industries and development of new areas.
THAT situation is what compelled past governments that this country has had to think of alternative sources of energy to the Akosombo Dam. Thus aside from the Akosombo, Kpong and Bui Dams, there is the Aboadze Thermal Plant and the Karpower deal, which has been extended by the current administration.
IN fact we recount the days of load-shedding when the entire country was placed on a load-shedding schedule, which has become known in Ghanaian parlance as dumsor (to wit intermittent power cuts). The situation grew from bad to worst during the presidency of former President John Dramani Mahama, a development that brought loads of discomfort to industries and households.
THAT regime also saw many companies shutting down while others had to lay off some of their workers as part of efforts to cut down cost. Thankfully, the situation improved after the Mahama administration signed a power deal with Karpower, an independent power producer from Turkey.
IT is against this backdrop that Today welcomes the news by GRIDCo, promising Ghanaians an efficient, reliable power supply. This good news follows the company increasing its transmission lines and sub-stations in the country.
THE Area Manager for the Southern Network, GRIDCo, Ing. Anthony Godzi made this disclosure when he spoke with some journalists. According to him, his outfit was equally positioning itself to become a net exporter of electricity to countries including Mali, Niger, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Senegal, adding that the company has the capacity to make this happen.
FOR us at Today these are really exciting times for our power generating company. It is, therefore, our hope that GRIDCo would be able to realise its target of becoming a net producer of energy, as that would generate some revenue for the country.
WHILE encouraging GRIDCo to achieve its target, it is imperative that they ensure that the country continues to enjoy stable and efficient power supply. We believe this is critical, as it will help grow our industrialisation agenda.