Convention People’s Party’s Spokesperson on Energy Robert Woode has accused governments of failing to commit to a national development agenda.
He challenged government officials to cite any developed country that has gotten to its current stage without any conscious effort in a form of national development plan.
“Talk of Canada, China, South Korea, all those countries have developed because of planning,” he told Bright Nana Amfoh on TV3’s late night news analysis programme News @ 10 on Monday, March 4, 2013.
“If we don’t have meticulous planning, it will be difficult,” he added.
Woode, an engineer by profession, blamed Ghana’s inability to solve the energy crisis on the neglect of a policy guideline drafted by the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
“We have been feet-dragging on the National Development agenda,” he stressed.
He said Ghana is among the luckiest countries in the world.
He explains that anytime there is floating of bonds from this country, it is oversubscribed.
Therefore, there should not be any cry over financial constraint in undertaking projects in the country, he calls.
Mr Woode, who refers to himself as a Crusading Engineer, suggested that Ghana can get ample kilowatts of power from the Densu River.
“Densu [River] has the highest gradient,” he revealed.
According to him, before the construction of the Akosombo Dam on the Volta River, there were no horizontal turbines to produce power.
Therefore, with the advent of horizontal turbines and the high gradient of the Densu River, enough power can be produced.
“One meter of that river is 80 kW,” he indicated.
He also indicated that more “cascading dams” can be constructed on the Pra River though “the project was truncated after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah.”