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Lapses in Ghana electricity sector due to political appointees


4 July 2012 – Ghana Broadcasting Corporation reports that a senior energy expert at the World Bank Ghana Office, Sunil Mathrami, has attributed the lapses in Ghana’s electricity sector to political interference.

He says that persons are selected to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) boards based on their political affiliations rather than their technical know-how in the energy sector.

He adds that successive governments are interested in extending electricity to rural Ghana without investing in transmission. Mathrami indicates that even though Ghana is one of the best in terms of electricity supply in sub-Saharan Africa, the ECG needs a yearly investment of US$100 million to improve its energy delivery.