KITE donates solar lanterns to Kaneshie Polyclinic
Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:37

KITE donates solar lanterns to Kaneshie Polyclinic

The Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment (KITE), a non-governmental organization, has donated solar lanterns worth GH?1,500 to the Kaneshie Polyclinic in Accra Wednesday as part of its corporate social responsibilities.

The donation was in response to a Joy News report revealing that health officials at the Polyclinic had to rely on mobile phone torchlights to deliver healthcare to patients during power outages due to a breakdown of the Polyclinic’s stand-by generator.

Handing over the lanterns, Executive Director of KITE, Mr. Ishmael Edjekumhene noted: “We are aware that with the ongoing load shedding, most institutions, whether educational or health do struggle if the national grid is not on. They have to buy diesel to run their generator sets. So we thought that we could come in and provide some solar rechargeable lanterns which you can use when you don’t have lights. That’s the main motivation for our coming to make this donation.”

Dr. Amoh Mensah, Medical Director of the Polyclinic accepted the donations on behalf of the health centre. “We thank KITE for donating these solar lamps to us. It will go a long way to help in these days of black outs and load shedding,” Dr. Amoh Mensah intimated.

“It will really help us in efficient health care delivery,” he added, “We are also taking this opportunity to appeal to other donors to also come to our aid. We are very grateful for what you have done. And we promise to also give quality health care to the people of Kaneshie and its environment.”

Kumasi Institute of Technology, Energy and Environment (KITE) is a wholly Ghanaian not-for-profit development organization and a leading actor in the Energy, Technology and Environment sectors in Ghana and the West Africa Sub-Region.



Gas Commercialisation Project Findings
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Under a STAR-Ghana supported project titled “Assessing the Socio-Economic Impact of Gas

Commercialization in Ghana and Positioning Ghanaians to Take Advantage of Emerging Opportunities in a Sustainable Manner’’, KITE organized a multi stakeholder workshop in the Accra on 20th March ,2014. The purpose of the workshop was to share preliminary findings emerging from the project and gather valuable feedback from participants on how Ghana can enhance the capacity of her citizenry to take full advantage of the potential economic benefits while at the same time minimizing likely environmental impacts associated with the project.

The meeting brought together members of the Trade, Industry and Tourism and the Environment,

Science, Technology and Innovation select committees of Parliament, and representatives from the Public/Civil Services, NGOs/CBOs, private sector, and Media to deliberate on important findings from the Gas Commercialization Project.

The workshop saw two main presentations being made. The first focused on the project Overview and the second focused on the project’s preliminary findings. Both presentations were delivered by Mr.

Ishmael Edjekumhene, Executive Director of KITE.

His presentation covered the rationale of the project undertaken by KITE, its overall goal, and specific objectives. He also touched on the project areas, timeline and key partners, citing

STAR Ghana as the sponsors of the project. He said even though the project was specifically being implemented in the Ellembelle district of the Western Region, it is believed that the findings will have national implications for which reason the stakeholder meeting was being held.

In presenting the preliminary findings, Mr. Edjekumhene noted that the findings included feedback from the sensitization campaign that was carried out as part of the project. The presentation included an overview of the Gas Infrastructure Project, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process in

Ghana, a Summary of the Key Findings, and Key Recommendations.

Participants were informed that in line with the Environmental Impact Assessment Process in Ghana, a local consultant, SAL Consult, was engaged to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the Gas Commercialization Project. KITE’s approach to undertaking the study included extensive review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the processes that went into its development. Two informational materials, including an abridged version of the EIS report as well as a report on the

Economic Opportunities created by the Gas Commercialisation Project were developed. Sensitization campaigns in targeted communities using brochures and flexi banners were also embarked upon.

Focusing on the key findings on the EIS, Mr. Edjekumhene revealed that site clearing began before a permit was issued and that the project started before the EIA was completed. This he said was inconsistent with international acceptable best practice for a project of a scale as the Gas  Commercialisation Project.

The presentation also highlighted findings as told by community members from the project areas. It showed that community members had issues with the level of awareness and access to information on the project, the payment of compensations, environmental pollution, and livelihood and employment.

Another major finding presented to participants was the high expectations of community members and the nation as a whole on the impacts of the Gas Commercialisation Project. As a major issue of recommendation, Mr. Edjekumhene noted that people would have to be made to understand that gas will not be cheaper and be in abundance resulting in power rationing being a thing of the past once gas processing begins.

Mr. Edjekumhene ended his presentation by making the following recommendations based on findings:

· There is the need to pay more attention to the EIA process for future projects

· There is the need to be more realistic about the expected benefits of projects of this nature

· Payment of outstanding capitalization to the Ghana Natural Gas Company to enable it pay outstanding compensation


· Institution of a special programme to cater for the needs of the ‘real’ SMEs so they can take advantage of what is happening in their communities.

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