Ranking the first runner-up in West Africa for access to electricity behind Cape Verde according to the UN 2019 statistics report of sustainable development goal 7 (SDG7) (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), Ghana has failed its own agenda for universal access to electricity by 2020 as millions of Ghanaians are still in darkness.
In 2019, 79.30 per cent of the Ghanaian population had access to electricity according to the UN report of sustainable development goal 7. A ranking to reckon which allows Ghana to score 77.23 on a scale of 100.
Ghana on the basis of the score however trails behind the sub-region role-model; Cape Verde, which last year managed to provide electricity to 96.61 per cent of its population and scored 91.87 out of 100.
Far away from universal access to electricity target of the UN by 2030.
The UN SDGs will hit the end mark in 2030. On the goal 7, the international community pledged to achieve universal access to electricity. The target is still 10 years ahead.
Between 2009 and 2016, a policy paper by Washington DC-based Center for Global Development issued in 2017, established annual electricity access rate in Ghana at 2.60 per cent, from 66.7 percent in 2009, 80.51 percent in 2015 to 82.5 percent in 2016.
Compared to the past rates, Ghana regressed and therefore is likely set to miss the 2030 target.