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Ghana Gas committed to implementing Local Content Policy

Sekondi (W/R), July
23, GNA – Dr Ben Asante, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Gas, has
said more indigenes from the Western Region would be offered employment in the
gas sector in fulfillment of the Local Content Policy.

He said it has,
therefore, become imperative to collaborate with the traditional authorities to
chart a common path to ensure that people along the oil and gas enclave were
direct beneficiaries of the project.

Dr Asante gave the
assurance when officials from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA),
the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Ghana Gas called on the
Western Regional House of Chiefs in Sekondi.

The forum afforded the
chiefs the opportunity to demand accountability from Ghana Gas, GPHA, and GNPC
on their activities in the Region.

Dr Asante said his
outfit would transport 100 units of gas to generate power at Aboadze adding
that Ghana Gas had generated 600 megawatts of power in its operations and would
generate 2,000 megawatts of power by next year.

He said Ghana Gas had
employed Ghanaians only in its operations at Adoabo and that it would expand in
the next two to three years to add another processing plant and develop the
human capital.

Dr Kwame Amoah
Baah-Nuako, the General Manager in charge of Sustainability at the GNPC, said
as part of its corporate social responsibility, the GNPC would focus on
education and training of the youth, empower the people economically and
provide environmental and social amenities.

He said he would
liaise with the House of Chiefs to collect the needs assessment of the Region
and make provisions for them.

Dr Baah-Nuako said
GNPC would award scholarships to about 200 youth in the Region out of a
national target of 500 to attend Ghanaian universities since the institutions
had now been well resourced to train the human capital.

“GNPC would also
assist less-endowed senior high schools in the Western Region to boost academic
work and improve standards”.

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi
II, the President of the Regional House of Chiefs, who doubles as the Board
Chairman of GNPC, said the GNPC, had identified petrol-chemical courses with
the universities like the KNUST, UMAT, Kikam Technical Institute and Tarkwa
Technical University to train the required manpower for oil and gas
exploration.

He, therefore, said
there was the need to build science laboratories and resource centres in all
senior high schools in the Western Region to enable the students to be abreast
of the issues.

Ogeahoho Gyebi said
400 students who had qualified to enter the universities were on his database
and appealed to the GNPC to award scholarships to such students.

Mr Peter Mac Manu, the
Board Chairman of the GPHA, said the Bosomtwe Sam Fishing Harbour in Sekondi
was due for expansion to help the oil and gas activities in the Region and
create wealth for the people.

He, therefore, called
for peace, unity and love from the chiefs and indigenes in to push the
development agenda forward.

He said the GPHA was
ready to work with chiefs in the Region to enhance development.

GNA

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