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Contribute to Policy Process, Prof. Sefa Dede tells Ghanaians

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Professor Samuel Sefa Dedeh, Board Chairman of Millennium Development Authority ?(MiDA) has observed that the timely contribution and consultation in policy process by citizenry and civil society in national development initiatives is very often lacking leading to difficulties during implementation process.?The timely participation of civil society and citizenry is very important in policy implementation, but most often when the time comes for that activity to be carried out by stakeholders little or no input is done at the appropriate time to enable the policy inure to the benefit of the people. He bemoaned.

Dr. Mohammed Amin, Executive Director, Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP)
Dr. Mohammed Amin, Executive Director, Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP)

?This lack of timely interest in contributing to policy making process by the ordinary people has lead to many good policies not responding effectively to the needs of the very people who the policy is meant for. He explained. He was contributing to a day?s workshop on ?Multi-stakeholder forum on the MCC Compact 2 Agreement? forum seeking to find a consensus platform and the way forward discussion in Accra. Facilitated by African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) with support from Oxfam and STAR-Ghana, it was also to provide a platform for stakeholders to make informed contributions to the evolving MCC Compact 2 Agreement seeking to address the energy and power sector problems affecting the ordinary citizens. The University lecturer commended ACEP for taking the lead in creating the platform for all stakeholders to consult and build consensus in this direction. He assured that every step of the MCC Compact 2 which is bringing in a grant of nearly $ 500 million to the energy sector will be subjected to public discussion and that participants should clarify exactly what they want as it evolves.

Dr Amin

?Executive Director ACEP, Dr Mohammed Amin was delighted that the conditionalities requires government to act positively when necessary as the lack of political will to ?take the right decisions? has been part of the problem of the energy sector.? Compact 2 will force government?s hand to take prudent decisions in how the country?s energy sector should run if government wants to take advantage of the grant.

Leading the discussions, he explained that the challenges confronting Ghana?s energy and power sector was no longer news to stakeholders in terms of generating, distributing, and reserve margins during maintenance periods. The grant given by the MCC Compact 2 is meant to address the problems of the sector but it is coming with conditions such as partial private participation.? However, civil society worry is what the impact on citizens will be when the partial privatization of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for private participation takes off? How will new tariffs adjustment be determined and if consumers can afford that? To that end, it was important that citizens made informed contributions in the policy now as Ghanaians have the penchant for not monitoring and participating in public policies. Dr Amin also explained that it was to enable ordinary people to know what commitment is expected of them in the MCC Compact 2 agreement before it enters into force. And whether the 2.6 million ECG customer base can attract the expected private investments needed?

Ishmael Edjekumhene

Responding, the Director of ?KITE,? a wholly Ghanaian?not-for-profit?development organization and a leading actor in the Energy, Technology sectors in Ghana and the West Africa Sub-Region,??? Mr. Edjekumhene? explained that the grant will only help in finding some solutions to Ghana?s energy and power challenges and that it (Compact 2) cannot be seen either to be wrong or right as private participation will definitely be involved as demanded by the forum. He cautioned that Ghana should not expect too much but rather figure out the best from it.

Peter John Amewu?

Contributing, Peter John Amewu, Director Research, noted that Ghana needs to look at the consumption pattern and use of electric appliances used which affects how much power is consumed. And also look at the energy intensity of the country which looks at how much energy is consumed by an individual to accomplish an activity. In addition, Ghana needs to look at the conventional system designed in terms of generation, supply and consumption against modern system designs.

?Chairman

Concluding, the ?Chair of the occasion, ?Mr. Kwame Jantuah, of African Energy Consortium asked if the privatization of the then Ghana Telecom now Vodafone has brought in the expected dividends to the ordinary man. And what are the reliefs if anyone has a cause to complain off?? For instance there are rumors of General Electric (EC) pushing behind the scenes and whether Ghana has reached a point where the citizens can afford those tariffs? There must be a mix of public and private sector to generate the necessary power for consumers. he added.

Source:?Seibik Bugri

www.goxi.org/profile/seibikbugri

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