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Ghana not economically trailing Ivory Coast - Mahama

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Referring to the United Nation Human Development Index report, president Mahama stated Ghana is positioned second only to Cape Verde in relation to access to portable water, and other human indicators used to rate progress in the West African sub-region.

In an interview on Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, President Mahama specified that Ghana’s economy is undisputedly second largest after Nigeria and in extension the sub-region, therefore under no circumstance can Ghana lag behind Ivory Coast.

“We are not lagging behind Ivory Coast. I normally don’t like to compare but we definitely are not lagging behind the Ivory Coast. If you take the UN Human Development Indicators, aside from Cape Verde Ghana is second in the whole of West Africa in terms of water, in terms of all the various human indicators,” he stated.

In comparing the stability of power in Ivory Coast with Ghana’s President Mahama specified that every single country has been through such conditions hence the erratic power crises is not unique to only Ghana and  that government has worked assiduously to fix the power situation. 

“Ivory Coast has gone through its own period when they didn’t have light. We’ve had to exchange power at times when they don’t have power. We have given them at times so it’s not something new,” 

“Our economy has grown very fast that demand for power has ballooned and we have not been consistent in putting in enough generation to meet demand,” he said.

President Mahama further stated that the Tweneboa Enyenra Ntomme (TEN) project will add over seventy million cubic feet of gas to the national grid.