Parliament has approved about 500 million Ghana cedis for the Ministry of Energy to spend in the 2019 fiscal year.
The amount is expected to be used to enhance activities in the Power sub sector and the Petroleum Sub-sector.
Speaking on the floor of parliament, the Chairman of the Committee of Mines and Energy, Emmanuel Akwasi-Gyamfi was hopeful the budget will resolve challenges in the power sector as well as improve activities in agencies under the ministry.
“The ministry has been allocated a total amount of 500,964,480 million to implement its programmes and activities for the 2019 financial year. Out of this amount 19,775,936.66 million Ghana cedis and 27,857,842.02 representing 3.9% and 5.5% have been earmarked for compensation and goods and services respectively,” he told members of the House.
Meanwhile some members of parliament on the Mines and Energy Committee are unhappy about the actual funds that goes to the Ministry of Energy to undertake projects in the Petroleum and power sub-sectors of the country.
The development, according to the MPs is badly affecting government’s aim of expanding electricity to rural areas.
Reacting on the floor of parliament, Minority Spokesperson on Energy and a member of the Mines and Energy Committee, Adam Mutawakilu pointed out that the situation is having a negative effect on the energy sector.
“If you look at the actual money that went to the ministry it was less than what was approved. This I believe affected the rural electrification project. The government can do better,” he said.