“We have promised the people and government of Ghana that we will deliver crude oil before the end of the year.” he emphasized. “All the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the smooth flow of oil.”
Mr Jones was responding to the appeal of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to the management of Tullow Oil Company to strive to surmount all challenges and stay on schedule in the production of the country’s first oil in commercial quantities.
He had led a 19-member delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace, on Thursday.
The Asantehene said it was the hope of the entire Ghanaian society that the discovery of oil in commercial quantities and its subsequent production in the latter part of this year, would help ease some of the infrastructural and poverty challenges of the majority of the people.
It was, therefore, important for the management of Tullow Oil, he said, to ensure that all the challenges that may delay production were removed to ensure the smooth flow for the benefit of the people.
Otumfuo Osei-Tutu said the government was currently holding discussions with all stakeholders on the effective and efficient utilization of the oil revenue and expressed the hope that its timely production would help the government to provide the needed social amenities for the benefit of the people.
He commended Tullow Oil for investing in Ghana and charged the management to offer them training in the oil industry so that the local workers would get the needed experiences to take up higher responsibilities.
Among the delegation were Dr Toni Aurbynn, Director, Corporate Affairs and Mr Kofi Esson, Chief of Staff.