The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for North Tongu, Samuel
Okudzeto Ablakwa, is questioning whether the seat of government, Jubilee
House, has switched to solar power as promised by the President.

President Akufo-Addo in the 2019 State of the Nation Address to
Parliament in February, assured that the Jubilee House will by August
this year be powered by solar energy as an example to other public
institutions. 

As a cost-cutting measure, he said government’s target is to install
up to 200 megawatts of distributed solar power by 2030 in both
residential and non-residential facilities. 

This, he believes, will reduce government’s liabilities to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

With August just ended, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is asking whether this promise has been fulfilled. 

According to him, the President did not only made the assurance in
Ghana but “has since repeated the refreshing pledge at several
international fora including quite recently at the R20 Austrian World
Summit on Climate Change, specifically, on Tuesday 28th May, 2019.”  

“This promise has generated considerable interest both home and within the international community,” he added.

The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said the
promise “is being followed keenly particularly because our President is
Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Eminent Group of Sustainable
Development Goals Advocates where he is expected to lead by example on
such matters especially as regards SDG 7 and 13.”

He wants government to update the citizenry and the world with the progress made regarding the “important promise.”

“Having gone past the August deadline without any information on this
important promise, I would hope that the Akufo-Addo-led government will
urgently provide the much-needed update to, first of all, apprise
Ghanaians on the status of this presidential declaration.

“And then to avoid environmental activists and climate change
advocates all over the world embarrassing the President and our country
at the President’s next international engagement on the SDGs,” he
stated.