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UW: 300k people in Wa East, Sissala West, Wa West, Lawra susceptible to water shortages

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Over three hundred thousand people in four districts of the Upper West Region could be hit with severe water shortages after extensive drought in the areas.  The areas are the Wa East District, Sissala West District, Wa West District and Lawra Municipality. This was contained in a study by the International Climate Adaptation Centre.

Dr. Mohammed Amin, the Deputy Minister of Energy, brought this to the fore when he spoke at a forum on the National Energy Transition Plan at Wa; the Upper West Regional Capital.

Government is taking steps to develop a National Energy Transition Plan. This will enable the country to rid itself of energy sources that emit huge amounts of carbon. This has become necessary in view of the decision by Europe to move away from all sources of energy that emit carbon in the next few decades.

The National Energy Transition Plan will look at sources of energy such as solar and wind and strategize on a transition from the use of fossil fuels. These include; such as petrol, disease and kerosene.

The forum provided a platform for environmentalists and stakeholders to gather ideas for the formulation of a comprehensive National Energy Transition Plan.

The Upper West Regional Minister Dr Hafiz Bin Salih said many communities in the region are still without electricity; a situation that hinders their development.

Deputy Minister of Transport Alhassan Tampuli said the National Energy Transition Plan has become necessary because in a few years many vehicles in the country will find it difficult to get parts since the manufacturers would have switched over to electric vehicles whose parts will be available.

Deputy Minister for Energy Dr Mohammed Amin who is also the Chairman of the National Energy Transition Plan said Ghana is seriously under the threat of drought and floods due to emission which has contributed to climate change. He spoke about some of the consequences of emissions on the lives of Ghanaians and the need to adopt a National Energy Transition Plan.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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