Ghana: Delay of Loans Affect Electrification Project - Deputy Energy Minister

The Deputy Minister for Energy, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has attributed the lack of the National Electricity Grid in some part of the Ahanta West, namely Asemko, Ampatano and Kanfakrom to the slow pace of loans granted to finance such projects.

Speaking on the floor of the House yesterday, the Deputy Minister, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, stated that loans for electricity extension to the above named communities was granted in the year 2010, having tendered in the application for such facility in 2008.

According to the Minister, Asemko, Ampatano and Kanfakrom areas are part of over one thousand two hundred (1,200) communities selected for the on-going rural electrification project under the US$350 million US EXIM Bank Credit facility being executed by Weldy Lamont Associates, Inc (USA).

His statement was in response to a question put to him by the Member of Parliament for Ahanta North, Mr. Samuel Johnfiah, who wanted to know when the above stated communities that have already been provided with electricity poles would be connected to the national electricity grid.

The amount secured, the Minister noted, was to support rural electrification in the Western, Central and Brong Ahafo regions. According to him, the said project became effective in July, 2010, and is expected to be executed over a five-year period.

Alhaji Inusah noted a total number of 21 towns out of the 32 towns earmarked to benefit from the Weldy Lamont electrification project have commenced installation under the first phase, covering that of Ahanta West District.

He explained that the three communities; Asemko, Ampatano and Kanfakrom consist of towns that have been recently surveyed and packaged in the phase-2 list and gave the assurance that they were expected to commence in three months time.

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