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80.5% of Ghanaians have access to electricity – Prez Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has touted his achievements in the power sector, saying about 80 percent of Ghanaians now have access to electricity.

Addressing the Speaker of Parliament while delivering his State of the Nation Address on Thursday, the President said, “Mr. Speaker, as I speak with you now, 80.5 percent of our people now enjoy access to electricity. This compares significantly with the 58 percent access to power in 2008.”

He believes the government’s achievement in the power sector is “monumental.”

The President also revealed that Cabinet has improved the Millennium Challenge Compact and its $498 million grants, which will provide a major boost in addressing energy efficiency problems and improving access to electricity.

He recalled that in 2015, “several major power distribution networks were completed while others reached an advanced stage of work.”

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President Mahama also spent some time commending himself and the administration for providing an emergency solution to the country’s power crisis.

He said some 800 megawatts of power had been added to the national grid through the procurement of more power plants.

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