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The western African energy body, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has taken it upon itself to compile public views from Ghanaians regarding energy sector policies.

Last week, ACEP launched the Ghana Citizens Energy Manifesto, which is said to be a flagship elections project, reports Ghana News.

The election campaign is aimed at holding government accountable, while informing and educating citizens on alternative policies for the petroleum and energy sector.

Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, the ACEP executive director, said the manifesto is an important input into the democratic evolution of the country, identifying the energy sector as one of the critical sectors relevant for charting strong socio-economic development paths for the country.

He said: “Our focus on [the] energy sector is not by accident. It is borne out of our belief that energy, either petroleum or power, is the fuel for the engine of economic growth and accelerated development.”

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Adam further emphasised that the Citizens Energy Manifesto should become the social contract between citizens and the next government.

He said citizens must ensure that there is a national, strategic and corporate resolve to manage the energy sector efficiently.

The ACEP executive pleaded with the nation to ensure that the document becomes official by engaging in advocacy among stakeholders, political parties, policy makers, industry, faith-based organisations and the media as well.

The following are the key demands:

  • A robust petroleum law, which implements best governance and regulatory practices to fight
    corruption and rent-seeking behaviour in the oil and gas sector.
  • Insulate management and operational decisions of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) from political control.
  • Make the allocation of petroleum revenues to pro-poor investments the cornerstone of accelerated poverty reduction.
  • Eliminate fiscal indiscipline in the management of petroleum and non-petroleum revenues.
  • Stabilise the power subsector by increasing electricity generation capacity and expanding the transmission and distribution network.
  • Introduce a programme for addressing the financial crisis in the power sector on a sustainable basis.
  • Restructure state-owned power distribution companies (the Electricity Company of Ghana and Northern Electricity Distribution Company) to make them technically and operationally efficient.