Ghana has reached 72 percent electricity access across the country attributable to the commitment and collaboration between governments and developmental players, experts say.
According to Andrew Barfour, project coordinator at the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP), the country’s National Electrification Scheme (NES) has been such a success to date thanks to the commitment of parties – whether government, donors, or rural community members – to making wide-spread electrification a reality, and the willingness of parties to collaborate.
“…the commitment of various governments towards the success of the programme and the contribution of SHEP [self-help electrification programme] has helped in the phenomenal success. Also the contribution and collaboration of our development partners has contributed immensely to the success of GEDAP,” Barfour explains.
Pursuant to the project’s success, Barfour is set to be a key-note speaker at the African Utility Week in May, to share advice and experiences with attendees, and to voice his belief in the importance of the electrification in Africa.
“…in this modern world electrification cannot be overemphasized and therefore all countries must endeavour to ensure that electricity is extended to all corners of the continent if we want the economic circumstances of our people to improve for the better,” Barfour says, revealing that this will be the main crux of his message to conference participants.