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Bui Power Authority: Ghana Is On The Right Path To Achieving An Ambitious Renewable Energy Mix – UNDP

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Bui Power Authority: Ghana Is On The Right Path To Achieving An Ambitious Renewable Energy Mix – UNDP

The resident representative in Ghana for the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, Dr. Angela Lusigi, says Ghana is on the right track to achieving what she described as “an ambitious target” in the renewable energy mix.

Speaking after a tour of the Bui Power Authority’s hydro and solar generation stations, she said though she is impressed, a lot more progress can be achieved with more cooperation.

Dr. Lusigi toured key sections of the generation station and the solar energy farm, including the control rooms and floating solar panels installed on the hydro dam’s reservoir.

The visit was to help ascertain BPA’s work on renewable energy and reforestation in the communities as part of the sustainable development goals on climate change, adaptation, and mitigation and ensure the use of clean energy.

She said there is a diversity of opportunities to grow renewable energy in Ghana per what she has seen on the ground – hydro and solar.

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Dr. Lusigi expressed her amazement with the floating solar panels and added that they could be used to ensure energy access for all, and a just energy transition to ensure more renewables in the energy mix.

“Ghana has an ambitious target, and I believe this is definitely on the pathway of achieving it.

She commended the Authority for the work on reforestation and said, “Not only are we looking at energy generation but also helping the communities maintain the resources that are necessary to continue enjoying some of these benefits”.

“There is a lot of progress that has been made, and with more partnership, we can see, hopefully, a lot more progress”, she said.

Dr. George Ortsin, UNDP Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program, said they are already assisting some communities in the management of the natural resources to prepare the carbon sink.

He, however, said they are exploring the possibility of stepping it up with a “Green Climate Fund” to support some of the interventions, and they hope to work it out with BPA.

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BPA is operating a 400mw hydro dam and a 50mw solar plant. An additional 150mw solar plant is under construction at the Bui enclave, with plans to complete by June 2023.

The Authority is also undertaking a solar project at Yendi in the Northern Region with plans to start another in Buipe in the Savannah Region.

A Director in charge of renewables at BPA, Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, explained that as the largest solar plant operators, they look forward to a partnership with UNDP for the achievement of Ghana’s climate goal target after their assistance in building the first-ever Tsatsadu micro hydropower plant.

He said “the Authority is committed to a net zero energy transition as well as the Paris agreement and the United Nations sustainable development goals”, hence the need to collaborate with UNDP to achieve their target.

Dr. Angela Lusigi also visited BPA’s forest resource enhancement program site which houses over 1,400 different tree species on over 400 acres of land.

She was briefed by BPA’s deputy director of occupation, health, safety, and environment, Chrisantus Bangkewa Kuunifaa, on how with the needed financial support they could expand the tree plantation to over 5,000 trees per year.

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He explained that their resolve to plant more trees is to ensure the continuous protection of the dam against siltation, sedimentation, and soil erosion, improving the hydrological cycle and microclimate in the enclave.

Mr. Kuunifaa further said there are a lot of economic benefits for the local communities as some of the grown trees would serve as food, poles, and timber.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Individuals Without Ghana Card Exempted From Ongoing SIM Deactivation – NCA

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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has said individuals yet to obtain their Ghana Card will not be affected by the ongoing SIM deactivation.

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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication Wednesday announced that subscribers who have failed to complete the biometric stage of registration will have some services disconnected.

The services to be blocked are; voice, data (Mobile, phones, mifis, other data providing devices), SMS (incoming and outgoing) USSD, mobile money services and emergency services.

However, the Director for Consumer & Corporate Affairs at the NCA, Nana Defie Badu noted that people who are yet to receive their Ghana Card will be exempted.

“For those who did not have their Ghana cards and have not been able to register, those people will be exempt from any punitive measures pending the NIA giving them their Ghana card,” she disclosed on the Joy News’ AM Show on Thursday.

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She explained further that her outfit was opened to help address the concerns of the general public and their inability to register their SIM cards, as quoted by Myjoyonline.com

“We acknowledge that there are some people who actually did the stage where they actually linked the sim to the Ghana card but unfortunately, after doing that their Ghana card were either lost, damaged or through no fault of theirs, they could not proceed to do stage two.

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“So, for these people, we have actually asked that they should engage the NCA by calling our toll-free number. After we do an investigation and verify the issue, these people will also be put on the exclusion list pending them getting their Ghana cards reissued to them,” she told the host.

Meanwhile, AirtelTigo has announced that all SIM cards that are not fully registered on its network as of November 30 2022, will be blocked from accessing all services.

In effect, all partially registered SIM cards i.e, customers who have successfully linked their SIM cards to their Ghana Card but have not done biometric capture will be blocked from making and receiving calls, accessing the internet & mobile money services, sending & receiving SMS, amongst others.

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Belgium Eliminated In Group Stage As Croatia 2018 World Cup Runners-Up Advance

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Romelu Lukaku missed a couple of big chances as Belgium failed to get the win they needed against Croatia, who advance with Morocco.

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Belgium were eliminated from the World Cup in the group stage after drawing 0-0 with Croatia at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Thursday.

Morocco’s 2-1 victory over Canada elsewhere in Group F meant Belgium had to win to advance to the last 16, while Croatia needed to avoid defeat.

A low-quality first half, in which the only talking point was an overturned Croatia penalty, made way for a far more gripping second period.

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Romelu Lukaku was brought on at half-time and squandered a few big chances, though ultimately the match finished goalless as Belgium suffered a shock early exit. 

Belgium were given an early reprieve when a penalty awarded for Yannick Carrasco’s challenge on Andrej Kramaric was overturned for offside against Dejan Lovren in the build-up as Luka Modric was lining up to take it.

The arrival of Lukaku coincided with the game finally coming to life, the Inter striker forcing Dominik Livakovic into the first save of the contest a little over three minutes after coming on.

That in turn sparked Croatia into life and Thibaut Courtois – on his 100th cap – made three saves in the space of four minutes to deny midfield trio Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic and Luka Modric.

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Lukaku then hit the post with plenty of the net to aim for after Carrasco’s blocked shot fell nicely in his path, before heading over from close range with the goal again gaping – though VAR may have intervened even if he had scored.

The biggest miss was still to come as Lukaku failed to help the ball over the line from a couple of yards when Thorgan Hazard’s cross was missed by Lovren, meaning elimination for Belgium and a second-place finish behind Morocco for Croatia.

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Individuals Without Ghana Card Exempted From Ongoing SIM Deactivation – NCA

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The National Communications Authority (NCA) has said individuals yet to obtain their Ghana Card will not be affected by the ongoing SIM deactivation.

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication Wednesday announced that subscribers who have failed to complete the biometric stage of registration will have some services disconnected.

The services to be blocked are; voice, data (Mobile, phones, mifis, other data providing devices), SMS (incoming and outgoing) USSD, mobile money services and emergency services.

However, the Director for Consumer & Corporate Affairs at the NCA, Nana Defie Badu noted that people who are yet to receive their Ghana Card will be exempted.

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“For those who did not have their Ghana cards and have not been able to register, those people will be exempt from any punitive measures pending the NIA giving them their Ghana card,” she disclosed on the Joy News’ AM Show on Thursday.

She explained further that her outfit was opened to help address the concerns of the general public and their inability to register their SIM cards.

“We acknowledge that there are some people who actually did the stage where they actually linked the sim to the Ghana card but unfortunately, after doing that their Ghana card were either lost, damaged or through no fault of theirs, they could not proceed to do stage two.

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“So, for these people, we have actually asked that they should engage the NCA by calling our toll-free number. After we do an investigation and verify the issue, these people will also be put on the exclusion list pending them getting their Ghana cards reissued to them,” she told the host.

Meanwhile, AirtelTigo has announced that all SIM cards that are not fully registered on its network as of November 30 2022, will be blocked from accessing all services.

In effect, all partially registered SIM cards i.e, customers who have successfully linked their SIM cards to their Ghana Card but have not done biometric capture will be blocked from making and receiving calls, accessing the internet & mobile money services, sending & receiving SMS, amongst others.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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