Gov’t should not be involved in buying fuel – Ben Boakye

Source The Ghana Report

The Executive Director of the African Centre for Energy Policy, Ben Boakye, has advised the government to allow private individuals to handle fuel purchases.

According to him, the government being the sole entity handling fuel purchases puts a lot of pressure on the state as it has to consistently pump in cash whenever there are power crises.

Speaking in an interview on June 14, he said it is high time the government stepped back.

“I think our position is that the Government should just go off. The government is not the one who is supposed to ensure that there is fuel supply. This is a commercial enterprise. Let’s see power as a business and let people who have money to do the business come and do it,” he said.

On June 13, the Ghana Grid Company Limited, (GRIDCo) and the Electricity Company of Ghana, (ECG) announced a possible load management plan for three weeks.

In a joint statement, ECG and GRIDCo clarified that the load management is necessary “due to maintenance works being undertaken by a gas supplier in Nigeria and is projected to last three (3) weeks.”

“The maintenance has caused a reduction in overall power generation capacity in Ghana which could result in load management over the period of the work,” the joint release indicated.

They further highlighted that the recent interruptions in power supply experienced in parts of the country are attributed to a decrease in gas supply from Nigeria since June 12.

On the back of this development, Mr Boakye said the government must prioritise the power sector by allowing private individuals to handle fuel purchases and solely act as a regulator.

“When we keep doing the politics with it and always looking to government to go and buy fuel in 21st century to come and produce electricity and distribute to the people that is why we have this challenges.

“So we abuse the system, create the inefficiencies and we are always looking to government when government should be doing other things. Looking at the other socio-economic welfare of the people and allowing the business side of things where private capital is interested to actually manage… we can’t keep looking to government to provide money for the power sector at the expense of any other socio-economic intervention we do have,” he said.

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