Mr. Alfred Okoh Vanderpuije, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), says the assembly has secured a $1.2m from the government of China to finance the installation of street lights at Cantonments in Accra.
According to him, the project will see the installation of 275 solar-powered lights and 80 watts lamps at Cantonments and its catchment areas.
Mr. Vanderpuije disclosed this in Accra, when he initialled on behalf of the AMA, whilst the Deputy Managing Director of Huawei signed for his organisation.
He said the project, which is set to take off at the end of this month, according to Mr. Gao Wenzhi, the Counsellor at the Economic and Commercial office at the Chinese Embassy, forms part of the Chinese Government’s new energy project.
Mr. Wenzhi said the Chinese Government has outlined three priority areas: Agriculture, Manufacturing industries and Infrastructure development, to enable Africa catch up with development.
He said “The Chinese Government is determined to continue with human resource development, while promoting regional integration” adding that over 1,800 Chinese Government scholarships have been offered to train 30,000 Africans in the three priority areas. He also announced China’s commitment to help build more agricultural demonstration centres to aid Africa to enhance the production, processing, storage and distribution of agricultural products.
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, the Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of Power, on his part lauded the Chinese Government for extending its assistance to Ghana and said the Chinese assistance is crucial to the sustenance of power in the country.
He said that China Water and Electric Company (CWEC), has also initiated a process to implement a $180 million contract to connect remote communities in the Brong Ahafo and Northern regions to the national grid.
Officials of Huawei Technologies Ghana, a leading Information Technology (IT) company, have signed an implementation contract agreement with the Accra Metropolitan Assemble (AMA) for the commencement of the project.