MP Klottey Korle
October 29, 2022

Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korle Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings said the more industrialized nations have a moral responsibility to ensure that as they look at renewable energy technology, Africa is also empowered to do same.

According to her Africa should not be at the bottom of the chain all the time, because if a case is being made for someone to use solar panels and the cost for buying Kerosene for a lamp and the cost for buying diesel into a generator is lower than the cost of buying and maintaining solar panels, then it would be difficult for that person to opt for the solar panel.

“For someone who is struggling to make ends meet, I think the calculation in their mind is not going to be a difficult one; fusel fuel that wins every time less we can ensure that there is proper technology transfer”.

And unless we can ensure we are coming up with proper home grown ideas which are being supported, because, the problem is “we have a lot of ideas but the funding that is needed to commercialize some of these things, so that we can have huge projects across the continent is not happening”.

In an interview, the Klottey Korle lawmaker noted that Africa is being pushed to move towards renewable energy, but do not produce the technology; they have to be imported, which means by the time it gets to the end user to be used to generate electricity, the cost becomes unbearable.

Again,  governments need to offset all the taxes and the extra payment involved in importing all of these technology, “which means in the end the most vulnerable yet  again are left out of the loop, hence Africa  need to be careful whether is drawing up agreement or any kind of contracts, or any development of technology on our soil”.

Communities and countries that are taking part in these should be given the extra support  to be able to also rise up to the technological level, if Africa is supposed to stop using fusel fuel, otherwise,  “we cannot make a case for someone moving into something else, it is too expense to start anything”.

She noted that on her trip to Brussels during the recess, Europe and the rest of the more industralised nations are talking about how Africa needs to stop using fusel fuel; citing example of how Africa needs to create a scenario where “we can export wind energy, solar energy, to part of Europe”.

“We do not see investments on the continent in technology;  we do not see that investment that we become self-sufficient, and as usual we end up being in debt as we are trying to satisfy almost difficult to achieve goals that are constantly being set for us. And if we are dealing with the issue of climate change which is a global issue Europe cannot say they are dealing with climate change without the rest of us”.

She asserts that percentage wise, emissions from Africa only contributes two percent. And from the grand scheme of things, Africa is not the greatest contributor to the problems we are witnessing today with regards to climate change.

However, because of the secured manner in which our quality of life and economies are working out, Africa is so  hard hit and suffering the most for things that we did not contribute.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/