Ghana has had to suffer a nationwide power cut on Sunday; its electricity provider, GRIDCo, said it struggled to restore power.
The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) said it was dealing with “a total system shutdown.”
Ghana Suffers Nationwide power outage
According to the World Bank, some 84 per cent of the population has access to electricity, one of the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa.
The country has hydropower and thermal plants fuelled by crude oil and natural gas and exports power to Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.
However, power cuts are frequent, a problem that sparked major demonstrations in 2015.
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The country has enjoyed one of the fastest economic growth rates in the world since the 2000s, fuelled by its significant supplies of gold, cocoa and oil.
However, some regions continue to suffer chronic poverty, and the global Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to the economy.
According to International Monetary Fund forecasts, Ghana’s economic growth is set to fall this year to 0.9 per cent, the lowest rate for 30 years.