In order to tackle power challenges in West Africa, research scientists in Ghana and Nigeria are in a partnership to identify solutions, Chuks Diji, Head, Mechanical Engineering Department, disclosed this recently at a three-day international hydropower energy conference jointly organized by the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana, and his Department at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
About 50 participants attended the conference with the theme “Sustaining Hydropower Energy for Economic Growth and Development in West Africa”, from Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Diji observed that Africa could develop only within Africa-designed solutions and therefore urged the CIRCLE (Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in sub-Saharan Africa) scientists to expand the impact of their research to affect local, national, and international communities.
He is optimistic that the continuous joint research by UENR and UI concerning West Africa’s hydropower needs for the next three years would identify solutions to the energy challenges of the sub-region.
Amos T. Kabo-bah, lecturer, Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, UENR and head of the conference planning committee, stated that the generation of electricity to solve Ghana’s energy problems was a demanding challenge. He maintained that the national demand for electricity was very high while the national infrastructure to provide it (energy) was inadequate, he added that the solution to the provision of the nation’s energy needs was the responsibility of all Ghanaians.