President Mills said these when he addressed a meeting of Swiss and Ghanaian business people in Zurich, Switzerland where he is currently on an official visit.
He said, the oil find will only become a problem if the country allows it, assuring the meeting that “we will learn from the best” to avoid the problems associated with oil elsewhere.
Citing a Ghanaian proverb, he said, “a person who is constructing a path, does not know his path is crooked, it will take someone to point that out to him.” He therefore, encouraged Ghanaians in the Diaspora to offer their advise and possibly come back home to help.
“We want the oil revenue to be used to help the people of Ghana,” he said, adding, “we want to use the oil revenue to help develop agriculture, education and health.”
The President is expected back in Accra September 1, 2010.
Since Ghana found oil in commercial quantity in 2007, the sector is attracting significant attention. Commercial production, according to Tullow Oil, the major stakeholder in the country’s oil, will begin in November or December 2010.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi