The Deputy Minister-designate for the Energy Ministry, Hon. William Owuraku Aidoo who served in the President’s first term as the Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of Power assured the Parliament Appointments Committee that, it’s Government’s intention to have increased universal access to electricity in Ghana.
He told the Appointments Committee of Parliament the Ministry of Energy has embarked on a street lighting project throughout the country to ensure Accra and the whole country is properly lit.
He said aside adherence to road traffic regulations, street lighting is an important part of assuring road safety, hence the Ministry’s determination to help replace streetlights on major roads in the capital with smart and intelligent ones run by technology.
The Deputy Minister-designate however lamented the lack of proper maintenance culture and thievery which are some of the reasons behind faulty lights along the country’s major streets negating government’s street lightning projects.
The nominee who represents the people of Afigya Kwabre South Constituency in Parliament made these disclosures when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
He said the Akufo-Addo administration has created an enabling environment for the private sector and rolled out a master plan constituting an investment-focused framework for the development and promotion of the country’s rich renewable energy resources to propel economic growth, improve social life and reduce climate change effects.
The nominee further stated that the Government was taking adequate steps to retrieve over two hundred million Ghana cedis owed ECG by PDS but was quick to add that there is the need for reconciliation of accounts to arrive at the actual figure since the two parties are in court litigating the issue.