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Energy Commission builds capacity of press corps

By: Ben LARYEA

The Energy Commission has organised a two-day training workshop for its energy corps at Abokobi, a suburban of Accra.

The gesture forms part of the commissions initiatives to build the capacity of journalists on energy reporting to enable them become abreast of the emerging trends in the energy sector and to familiarized themselves with the terminologies and the technicalities in the industry.

The move will also help newsmen to disseminate information to the general public and investors around the world on issues relating to energy in the country.

Topics discussed included Institutional Framework of the Energy Sector, Introduction to Energy: what is Energy, Forms of Energy and Energy Terminologies and Units, Energy Efficiency and Conservation/Practical Session on Mobile Apps, The Ghana Energy Access Toolkit, Energy Policy Formulation and Implementation and the Social and Environmental Impact of Energy P3s.

The rest were Energy Regulation and Participation. The Concept of Renewable Energy, Energy Generation, Transmissions and Distributions, Certification of Electricals Wiring Practitioners, Local Content and Local Participation in the Electricity Supply Industry, Energy Access Issues and Gender Issues in the Energy Sector.

Opening the training workshop, the Chairman of the Energy Commission, Prof. George Hagan said government has put in place pragmatic measures to develop the energy resources of the country, adding that energy is a fundamental human right of the citizenry.

He said energy denial is unacceptable hence government is working fervently to provide equal access to energy at affordable, reliable and safety to Ghanaians thus government has rolled out policies to increase energy access to 85 percent across the country.

“By the next 5 years, energy distribution and access will be within the reach of Ghanaians as energy poverty have impacted negatively to most African countries saying Ghana will continue to extend power to other African countries through ECOWAS protocols.

He however commended participants for their passion in energy reporting and called on all to partner the commission in the discharge of its obligations.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission Oscar Amonoo-Neizer challenged journalists to exhibit the knowledge acquired at the workshop in their reportage as the commission will continue to roll out initiatives for the media to add value to their news items on energy issues.

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