Organisers of the Ghana Energy Awards (GEA), on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, paid a working visit to Ghana’s Ministry of Energy in Accra.

The purpose of the visit, among others, was to acquaint the latter with activities leading up to the organisation of the 2022 edition of the prestigious awards.

It was also to actively involve the Ministry in the GEA’s theme selection process, which is a significant part of the entire event.

Before the 2021 GEA, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the West African nation’s Minister for Energy, in a meeting with members of the Awards Committee, proposed that the Ministry be engaged in the selection of the theme to have the scheme in tangent with the Ministry’s direction for the sector.

Deputy Minister for Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo, on behalf of the Minister, and Solomon Adjetey, the Director of Power at the Ministry, received the GEA team.

The delegation included Dr. Kwame Ampofo, former Chairman of the Awarding of Panel, Ing Henry Tenor, CEO of the Energy Media Group and the Event Director, Nicholas Frimpong-Manso, the Managing Director of GP Business and Co-organiser of the event, as well as some representatives of the GEA Secretariat.

The Awards team used the opportunity to congratulate the Ministry on its recognition with the Excellence in Leadership and Governance Award at the GEA’21.

Dr. Ampofo expressed the Awards Committee’s appreciation for the Ministry’s involvement in activities toward the event organisation, especially as the Awards Scheme is a recognised sector initiative.

Moreover, the Ministry’s commitment to supporting the Ghana Energy Awards Streetlight Installation Scheme is a further testament to their interest in the Scheme, hence the call.

On his part, Mr Owuraku Aidoo shared his enthusiasm for the Ministry’s involvement in the theme selected for this year, which is centred around energy transition.

He admitted that “energy transition is an area that has been in many discussions at the Ministry,” and stressed the importance of working towards net zero-emission goals.

Currently, the Ministry, he said, is engaging in extensive stakeholder consultations at all levels through to the cabinet to handle issues prevailing in the sector.

He further emphasised the commitment on their part to suitably address ongoing issues for the country to enjoy continued growth.

To this extent, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) would soon develop standards for meter production.

“This would directly link consumers to meter producing companies while maintaining quality,” he said.

Once the Ministry of Energy responds to the choice of the theme from the list given, the activities on the road toward the 2022 GEA would officially commence with the Media Launch to unveil the theme and announce the opening of nominations.

Meanwhile, the GEA Streetlight Installation Initiative is an offshoot of the Ghana Energy Awards Scheme intended for the apex award winners; Energy Personalities (Male and Female), to have streetlights installed in selected communities across the country.

Ing Henry Tenor noted that the benefitting communities or schools would be decided in collaboration with the Energy Personalities and the Ministry to ensure the desired impact is achieved.

For the impact of this initiative to have an even distribution, Mr. Solomon Adjetey advised that the programme be handled in a regionally balanced manner so no parts of the country are left out.

Source: Energy Ghana

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