Reliance on Nigeria gas is ‘intellectually lazy’- NDC MP

Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, Dr Kwabena Donkor has torn Ghana’s energy policy to shreds and has criticised government for its over-reliance on Nigeria for gas supply.

At a round-table discussion on the challenges facing the energy sector organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions, the NDC MP was highly critical of government’s decision to rely on Nigeria for gas.

Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported the MP as saying it is “mentally retarding” and a case of “intellectual laziness” for government to rely on Nigeria for gas.

With Ghana expecting to produce gas from the Atuabo infrastructure, many, including President John Mahama have assured Ghanaians that the erratic power supply the country is currently enduring will soon be a thing of the past when the Atuabo gas comes on stream.

But Dr. Donkor believes that can only be a statement made in deceit. He explained the Atuabo gas is inadequate and cannot be the panacea to Ghana’s precarious energy crisis.

Pointing to a government promise to produce 5000 megawatts of power by end of 2017, Dr. Donkor said that is not ambitious enough.

He said Ghana should be looking at 10,000 megawatts of power in 2017 if other sources of generation are comprehensively explored.

Dr. Donkor said Ghana must aggressively search for other alternatives in its bid to increase the amount of power generated.

He argued vehemently for the coal alternative to be explored.

He said that option is relatively cheaper as compared to the gas-thermal combination.

Ghana has been saddled with erratic power supply for the past few years with both residential and commercial users complaining.

Government has assured it is working assiduously to remedy the challenge, but critics appear not to be impressed with the lack of urgency and the actions being taken by government.

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