Mahama is keen on increasing Ghana’s electricity supply
Ghana’s President and winner of the December 8 Ghanaian presidential election, John Mahama, has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to influence and facilitate prompt repair of the broken West Africa Gas Pipeline which supplies power to Ghana.
Mr. Mahama is keen on increasing Ghana’s supply of electricity which currently and uninterruptedly gets to about 72 percent of the population, according to statistics from the Ghana’s Energy Ministry.
Ghana’s 25 million population is about 15 percent of Nigeria’s population; but the country generates 2, 443 megawatt of electricity as opposed to Nigeria’s average of 4,000 megawatt for over 160 million residents.
The Ghanaian president, however, wants President Jonathan to ensure an urgent repair of the pipeline, for an increase in the current power supply and to ensure that Ghanaians enjoy constant electricity.
Mr. Mahama made the appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House in Abuja.
Addressing State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting, Mr. Mahama said he was on his way to Equatorial Guinea for the Conference of African Caribbean and Pacific, ACP, Group of States.
Ghana currently chairs the ACP, since 2008, and is supposed to hand over to Equatorial Guinea.
“And so, en-route, I decided to pass through Abuja to pay my respect to President Goodluck Jonathan considering the relations between Ghana and Nigeria.
“I took the opportunity of the visit to discuss with him (Jonathan) the issue of West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it.
“So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation.”Mr. Mahama said.
Mr. Mahama, who was declared winner of the last Friday’s Presidential elections in Ghana, said that his visit to Nigeria immediately after his victory at the polls is “significant”.
“After election, it is significant that this is the first country I should visit just to cement the relations between our two great countries”.
He said he was also in the country to condole with Jonathan on the death of his younger brother, Meni Jonathan.
“I am here to pay my respect to President Jonathan and my condolences on the loss of his younger brother. I should have attended the funeral, but we were at the height of our election. So, it wasn’t possible.
“So, I came with the traditional drinks, as it is customary with Ghana and our contribution to the funeral, which I have presented to President Jonathan to be sent to the family back home,” he said.
Mr. Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo came out of the Federal Executive Council meeting to receive the Ghanaian leader.