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06.06.2007 General News

Agbogbomefia’s Energy Initiative

In the wake of the prevailing electric power problem, there could be no better news than that of a firm seeking to improve upon electricity supply in the country.

It is in the light of this that we see the progressive effort of Togbe Afede Asor XIV, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, who has clinched a deal with a Shenzhen-based company to install a power-generating plant in Tema as most welcome.

Progressive chiefs know that efforts to improve the living standards of the people should not be left in the hands of the government alone but that they also have contributions to make.

Over the period of load shedding, many are those who have not been able to manage their home economics correctly because they cannot preserve their food items and other perishable commodities.

Night life has been disrupted and those who do not have light are compelled to sleep at the time that they would normally not have done so. Yes, we are in hard times.

What is more, for industry to spend about $120m on energy delivery every month shows that any supply of energy should be commended.

The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Mr J. H. Mensah, said it all when he stated, “This project is coming at the hour of great need.”

That we should not rely greatly on hydro power is no longer news. What is important is how best we can have power providers to complement whatever will come from the thermal and possibly, Akosombo if the rains would be on our side.

We are not surprised at the Togbe's noble effort, for he is a business person and investor of no mean standing. Certainly, he knows how to strike when the iron is hot.

By the project, Togbe Afede has demonstrated how fruitful his trip to China has been, that it was not a tea party.

It also shows that progressive chiefs in the country can make moves in various aspects of the economy where they are best disposed to.

We remember that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, went for World Bank funds for the development of communities across the country.

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, the Okyenhene, is also working feverishly towards the setting up of an Environment and Agriculture University.

Happily, there are many other progressive chiefs who know that they have a greater responsibility to lift their people from poverty, squalor, ignorance and disease.

These chiefs need the support and encouragement of the people to pursue the invaluable goals they have set for the people.

We are anxiously waiting for the date when the plant will provide the energy, but, until then, we say, “Akpe” (thanks) to Togbe Afede for his significant move.

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