The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, engaged the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Northern Electricity Distribution Company Ltd., and Ghana Water Company Ltd. on a preparatory survey for a new power supply substation project in Tamale, Northern Region on Thursday, 24 November, 2022.
In his address, he expressed gratitude, on behalf of the chiefs and people of the Northern region, to the Government of Japan for responding to the Government of Ghana’s request for grant aid to enhance the power supply in Tamale.
The request led to the “Preparatory Survey for the Project for Enhancement of Power Supply Reliability in Tamale” as a response from the government of Japan to help develop the power supply in Tamale and its environs.
According to Hon. Shaibu, the project, when completed, will boost the power supply in Tamale, which will enhance economic activities in the region.
Hon. Shaibu expressed optimism about the power supply reliability substation project and, as a result, further appealed to the JICA to fast-track other projects awarded to them, especially the refurbishment of the Tamale Central Hospital into a regional hospital.
He assured JICA of his full support during the course of the feasibility study so that the work will commence in time to benefit the people of the region.
He appealed to the stakeholders to contribute their quota to make the new power supply substation project in Tamale a success.
Speaking at the meeting, the Deputy Country Director of JICA-Ghana, Mr. Yusuaki Momita, said the feasibility survey is on track to identify and confirm the components of the project, a coordination development plan at national, regional, and sectoral levels, an appraisal and evaluation of the technical and economic visibility of the project, and an estimation of the cost of the project and the schedule required for procurement and construction.
He disclosed that the areas that will benefit from the project when it is completed include the Regional Coordinating Council, Fuo, Locost, commercial areas, Tamale Central Hospital and regional offices.