Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh says it is not enough for European nations and promoters of clean and green energy to ask African nations to move in the direction of clean and green energy without giving the necessary financial support for them to do so.
“If, now, we in Africa are being told to move in the direction of economic progress through green and clean energy, then, those who are speaking like that should provide the needed capital and partnerships to make it possible.
“If we have coal in abundance in Africa, but can’t use it in our power sector and we are being told to use clean reliable energy, then, those who are professing that should come to the table with the needed investments and partnerships for Africa to move in that direction,” he said.
The Minister expressed these concerns when he spoke at the German-Africa Energy Forum held in Hamburg, Germany.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, who was speaking along with Nigeria’s Minister for Power, Eng. Sale Mamman, noted that Africa is endowed with both conventional and renewable sources which, if properly harnessed, would help to sustainably meet the energy demand while responding to climate change agenda.
According to him, Ghana is committed to ensuring reliable and cost effective energy delivery to all sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
He told the forum that in 2020, Ghana amended its Renewable Energy Act 2011(832) to respond to emerging trends in the renewable energy market.
“Through this amendment, we have empowered the generators and manufacturers to ensure renewable energy is part of their energy production and utilisation.”