Ghana plans to export electricity to Nigeria

Ghana says it is
planning to export
thousands of
megawatts of electricity
to Nigeria, Ivory Coast
and other neighbouring
countries that have
power deficit.
The Ghanaian President, Mr. John Mahama, who made the
disclosure at the Africa Global Business and Economic
Forum in Dubai on Wednesday, said his government had
made huge investments in power generation that would
enable the country to export excess electricity to Nigeria and
others.
“We have given priority to electricity generation in our
country. We have prioritised energy in such a way that we
want to become the hub for power production in West
Africa. We want to generate electricity to the point that
excess power can be exported to Nigeria, Ivory Coast and
other countries that have power deficit,” he said.
To achieve this dream, Mahama said his country had
secured export-import financing from China as well as
special funds from Abu Dhabi to commence series of power
generation projects, adding that a third hydropower dam
project was already at an advanced stage.
The Ghanaian leader spoke in a panel discussion along with
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Mulatu
Wirtu of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Mahama added, “Where Africa faces some of its challenges
lies its biggest opportunities. We are leveraging on public-
private sector partnership to build infrastructure. Be it
roads, electricity, ports or communication systems; if we
create the right environment, investors will come.
“Creating the right environment that will attract foreign
direct investment is key.”
In achieving this, the Ghanaian leader joined Kagame and
Wirtu to emphasise the need for African governments to
strengthen anti-corruption agencies in their various
countries.
“Issues of accountability and transparency are very
important. There must be mechanism to fight corruption.
We all have institutions but the major thing is resourcing
them to effectively fight corruption and perform effectively,”
he noted.
According to Kagame, African governments must create a
system that is not sympathetic to corruption, saying this
would help drive the required Foreign Direct Investment into
the continent.
He said, “It is one thing to have the institutions; it is another
thing to allow them to work. Governance and structure must
be in place to make them to work,” he said.
“African governments must fix infrastructure, investment in
development of education and skills, and also enhance
connectivity among African countries.”

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