Ghana News Agency (Otuam) – The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, says the NDC will establish a coal plant at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region if he is elected president on 7 December.
He said the 2,000 megawatt (MW) plant will augment the country’s hydro, thermal and solar sources of power generation significantly.
Mahama gave this assurance at a durbar of chiefs and people of Ekumfi Otuam on the second day of a four-day tour of the Central Region. He said after a series of feasibility studies, Otuam, the home town of the late president John Evans Atta Mills, has been identified as a potential site for the project.
“We identified a number of possible places where we can build this project. We started from the west down to the east, trying to get a possible location around the coast to put up the infrastructure.
“One of the potential sites is Otuam, the home town of our late president Atta Mills,” he said.
Coal-fired plants produce electricity by burning coal in a boiler to produce steam under great pressure. The energy produced from coal is cheaper, abundant and more affordable than that from other sources.
The former president also said the NDC would establish a salt processing factory in the community to create employment and significantly empower the people with other skills and training which will make them more employable and will better their lives.
He said such interventions are part of a broader strategy to open up the entire Ekumfi District sustainably with a massive investment drive, to befit its status as the home region of President Atta Mills.
Abeiku Crentsil, the NDC parliamentary aspirant for Ekumfi, accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of doing very little to construct a landing beach in the locale.
He described the government’s moves so far as deceitful and assured the people of the NDC’s resolve to stick to its promises if voted into power.
Odaefo Akyen VIII, chief of Otuam and president of the Ekumfi Otuam Traditional Council, called on politicians and leading stakeholders to sustain the nation’s enviable peace before, during and after the December general election.