Water, electricity priority needs of ghanaians — iea survey 1 electricity unit in kwh

“The commitment we are making, and which I want you all to make with me, is that by the time we end our four-year term, Accra is going to be the cleanest city in Africa,” he declared after his installation as chief by the chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata (Jamestown) in Accra.

Standing on grounds where sanitation has been a significant challenge, and wearing a traditional title — Nana Kwaku Ablade Okudzeaman I — which imposes a cardinal duty to rescue his people from all kinds of threat, President Akufo-Addo might be right in flagging environmental cleanliness as a significant priority.

The nationwide survey, which involved a nationally representative sample of 1,641 respondents, gauged the expectations of citizens of the new government in respect of managing the rising cost of utilities, providing free SHS, improving the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), creating more jobs, dealing with crime and combating corruption.

The IEA survey sought the views of respondents in order of priority on critical issues the government must address in respect of ending ‘dumsor’, ensuring clean environment, improving local water supply and stopping the rising cost of water and electricity.

Although President Akufo-Addo took office at a time Ghana was emerging from an electricity load-shedding regime that plunged the country into darkness and put many businesses in disarray, ‘dumsor’, as the load-shedding exercise was known in local parlance, was still a bother to many people.

It was, therefore, not surprising that apart from the rising cost of electricity, many respondents (27 percent), especially in the Upper West, Western, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions who were very much affected, wanted the new government to tackle ‘dumsor’ as a priority issue in 2017.

Although the President’s commitment to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020 is laudable, the findings from the IEA survey suggest some work is required to get Ghanaians on board. The government will need to promote environmental consciousness among the people given the findings that environmental cleanliness is not a major concern of the people.

“The commitment we are making, and which I want you all to make with me, is that by the time we end our four-year term, Accra is going to be the cleanest city in Africa,” he declared after his installation as chief by the chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata (Jamestown) in Accra.

Standing on grounds where sanitation has been a significant challenge, and wearing a traditional title — Nana Kwaku Ablade Okudzeaman I — which imposes a cardinal duty to rescue his people from all kinds of threat, President Akufo-Addo might be right in flagging environmental cleanliness as a major priority.

The nationwide survey, which involved a nationally representative sample of 1,641 respondents, gauged the expectations of citizens of the new government in respect of managing the rising cost of utilities, providing free SHS, improving the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), creating more jobs, dealing with crime and combating corruption.

The IEA survey sought the views of respondents in order of priority on critical issues the government must address in respect of ending ‘dumsor’, ensuring clean environment, improving local water supply and stopping the rising cost of water and electricity.

Although President Akufo-Addo took office at a time Ghana was emerging from an electricity load-shedding regime that plunged the country into darkness and put many businesses in disarray, ‘dumsor’, as the load-shedding exercise was known in local parlance, was still a bother to many people.

It was, therefore, not surprising that apart from the rising cost of electricity, many respondents (27 per cent), especially in the Upper West, Western, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions who were very much affected, wanted the new government to tackle ‘dumsor’ as a priority issue in 2017.

Although the President’s commitment to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020 is laudable, the findings from the IEA survey suggest some work is required to get Ghanaians on board. The government will need to promote environmental consciousness among the people in view of the findings that environmental cleanliness is not a major concern of the people.