MP carries firewood to parliament in protest of gov't failure over rural electrification

By Mutala Yakubu
MP carries firewood to parliament in protest of government's failure over rural electrification

Dela Sowah who is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kpando constituency in the Volta region carried a piece of firewood to parliament as a sign of government's failure to provide electricity for her constituency.

Sowah who is also a Deputy Ranking on Energy Committee also brought a kerosene lantern which rural communities use as light.

She said that rural electrification has stalled under the  Akufo-Addo government with coverage increasing by 1% in nearly two years.
The NDC MP said the government in 2017 promised to extend electricity to over 2,000 communities nationwide.

The government managed “an embarrassing” 289 communities reaching only 14.4% of its target communities.

She picked 2018 projections of providing nearly 1,800 communities with power but only 122 communities got to see electric power for the first time in their communities.

The government, she said, has developed a trend of failing to meet its own electrification targets.

The MP added that this development has a greater effect on women in her community who have to walk several miles just to mill their corn which is a staple.

“All they are asking is to be connected to the electrical grid….they are not asking for much”, the MP said.

Dela Sowah observed that the former NDC administration under President John Mahama demonstrated greater commitment towards rural electrification.

She claimed the Mahama government increased access to electricity in rural areas from 54% to 83% before it lost power in December 2016.

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