Quarter Of Ghanaians Live In Darkness

Findings from the Ghana Living Standards Survey 6 (GLSS) indicate that a quarter of households in the country rely on torchlight for lighting.

The report showed that seven out of 10 households in the country had been connected to the national electricity grid.

Recently, Minister of Energy & Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah gave assurance that 90 percent of communities in the country would be connected to the national grid by 2016.

He said government had achieved about 80 percent accessibility, adding that the ministry was undertaking additional electrification

projects to achieve the targeted coverage in the next two years.

Mr. Buah disclosed this when he appeared before Parliament to answer questions posed by Members of Parliament (MPs) on efforts government was making to extend electricity to all communities in the country.

He said: ‘A list of un-electrified communities from all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies was currently being compiled to enable the Ministry carry out feasibility studies for electrification works to begin.’

According to the survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), about three-quarters of households depend on wood or charcoal for cooking, stating that less than a quarter of households use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

It said 32.3 percent of households in the country obtain their drinking water from wells while 28.9 percent enjoy pipe-borne water.

The survey pointed out that three out of 10 households rely on sachet water and water tankers, among others.

It said 73.9 percent of households in rural areas use either wells or natural sources.

The report said 42.1 percent of households in the country use pipeborne water, while 14.5 percent rely on public standpipes.

The Ghana Living Standards Survey is a nation-wide household survey which provides information in assessing the living conditions of Ghanaian households.

BY Cephas Larbi
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