The Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko has indicated, Ghana will supply 100mw of power to Burkina Faso daily, and works has alread starte on the transmission lines from Bolgatanga to Burkina Faso for the supply.
“We have been supplying power to Burkina Faso in a smaller quantity of 0.5 megawatts since 2003, but it moved to 9.2 megawatts in 2013, but it has now got to the point that Burkina Faso have embarked on a development agenda and need more power, and Ghana has agreed to supply power to a tune of 100 megawatts,” the Minister said.
According to him, power is an indicator of progress and one of the few commodities that citizens can mostly hold politicians accountable for.
The sector Minister made the disclosure when the Burkinabe Energy Minister, Professor Alfa Oumar Dissa, paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Accra to address pertinent issues facing the two countries with regards to power.
Mr. Agyako stressed that, it is important for the two countries to discuss extensively the power needs of their people, since power is one of the facets of developments that can transform the two countries most rapidly.
“Those who want to exploit us will play us because we exist in small points, but going forward, we have to be of absolute resolve, and together we can do what is required for the benefit of our people,” he bemoaned.
Mr. Agyako also revealed that, Ghana is in talks with Burkina Faso for the construction of a petroleum pipeline, from Buipe in the Northern Region to Bingo in Burkina Faso, which would be used to transport the finished petroleum products to Burkina Faso, to rid off unscrupulous petroleum transporters.
For that matter, he said it is very necessary to adopt a modern practice of moving these products out of the country through a well engineered pipeline system.
The energy minister for Burkina Faso on his part in respect of the Bagre Dam issues, assured Ghana that, Burkina has embarked on a project to build another dam to contain the excess water the dam produces which has caused a lot of destruction of properties and lives in the Northern Region of Ghana, would be a thing of the past.
“Burkina Faso is taking the extra step to trap the water, possibly for power generation, irrigation and slower release into Ghana’s space,” he stressed.
The Minister further indicated that, Ghana and Burkina have met to look at the implementation of some of the programmes that would be to the benefit of the people.