Gov’t secures $140m to connect 354 communities to national grid in Upper East region

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354 communities in the Upper East Region will be connected to the national grid under the second phase of the Thengashep rural electrification project.

This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Energy Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam.

He noted that government has secured $140 million from Standard Chartered Bank to continue the project which is geared towards achieving universal access to electricity by 2025 and improving livelihoods of all localities across the region.

The Thengashep rural electrification project started in 2012 with the target of connecting 500 communities and 88,917 households to electricity in the Upper East Region but not all the communities were connected within the four years under Phase One of the project.

It is for this reason that, the government secured funding to complete the partially completed communities and connect other new communities to the grid to accelerate development in the region.

Speaking at the commissioning of Bongo Street lighting system in the Upper East Region, Deputy Energy Minister Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam disclosed that, the environmental and social impact of the project will be conducted soon for the commencement of the project.

“Under the Phase two of the Thengashep project, 61 partially completed communities and 182 outstanding communities under the Phase One and 111 newly co-opted communities will be connected to the national grid soon only in the Upper East Region”.

“President Nana Akufo-Addo has instructed us (Energy Ministry) to extend electricity to any community with productive activity and get all communities in the country connected to electricity by 2025.”

Source: citinewsroom.com

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