The West African Network For Peace- Building (WANEP), a sub-regional security research and peace- building organization, has urged the Ghanaian government to adopt urgent short-term measures to manage the country’s energy crisis.
It said the government should also adopt long-term investments approach to ensure that the energy crisis did not recur in future.
These were contained in recommendations of an Early Warning Signal issued by the Civil Society Organization (CSO) on Ghana’s ongoing energy crisis.
WANEP also encouraged governments to continue engaging citizens through regular updates on the energy situation and efforts at resolving them.
The network analyzed the energy crisis, creating three-case scenarios as the possible fall-outs from the energy situation.
“These interventions should be communicated well to the citizenry so that they feel part of the process and are aware of timelines,” the report said.
The current energy crisis started as far back as 2012 when, due to damage, the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) could not supply gas, or enough gas to Ghana to power its thermal plants.
Late last year, the China Development Bank (CDB)-funded Atoabo Ghana National Gas Company Limited (GNGCL) gas infrastructure project was completed with the hope to ensure stable gas supply for the thermal plants.
However, a breakdown in majority of the thermal plants, including 50 percent of the Sunon-Asogli Thermal Plant near Tema, 38 km east of the capital, has aggravated the energy crisis.
This has threatened job security, as firms are beginning to lay off workers, thereby threatening the performance of the economy.
WANEP also urged the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to ensure it has competent frontline staff to handle complaints of customers and provide feedback regularly.
It cautioned that citizens felt neglected and this might result in continued street protests and agitations as experienced late February.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) organized two street protests in Accra and Kumasi late last month to protest the “worsening” energy crisis and general economic malaise in the country.
“The government should maintain regular communications with interest groups and the general public on the energy crisis to help them cope with the situation,” the network stated. Enditem