The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has expressed worry over the energy crisis in the country.In this regard, the party has proposed a blueprint to arrest the situation.
In an eight-page document written on March 1, 2013 by Robert Woode, a Crusdaing Engineer and the Party’s Spokesperson on Energy, the CPP has questioned the decision to engage the services of Indians and Koreans in building the Bui Dam, a project whose design had been fully completed at the time Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown in 1966, according to the document.
“Why is it that we as Ghanaians are compelled to bring in a third party to build the Bui Dam? We asked if the Indians or the Koreans had been in this position, would they have called on a third party to do this?” the Party asked.
According to the CPP, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been in existence “over 50 years ago” and so, expertise would have been readily available for the construction of a “much smaller” dam.
“The South Koreans had the equivalent of our Engineering Universities i.e. KIST – ‘The Korean Institute of Science and Technology,’ 15 years after the establishment of KNUST. The Koreans do not invite third parties to build their hydropower plants, so why? Why? We don’t believe that if Kwame Nkrumah had lived till now, this situation could have happened.”
The CPP blamed the situation on Ghana’s political leaders and called for a change of action.
“Our political leaders must not allow this situation to repeat. We need to take steps to empower our people now to have full capacity to build Hydropower Plants,” it indicated.
The document pointed out that there are rivers and streams across the country that have potentials in hydropower and so, Ghanaians must be engaged to build dams over them in order to generate more power for the country.
“Whatever needs to be done must be done now for we still have a number of small rivers and stream with hydropower potential. The Pra River has potential to produce 120 megawatts of power.”