Ms Samia Yaba Nkrumah, daughter of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has hinted that the people of Jomoro where she is the Member of Parliament will embark on a massive protest against the relocation of the $1.2 billion gas plant.
The gas plant which was originally planned to be located in Bonyere in the Jomoro district has been moved to Atuabo in the Ellembelle district, also in the Western region, according to officials at the Ghana Gas Company citing technical and geodetic reasons.
According to the Jomoro MP, the protest which will be peaceful and non-violent will come off in the “next few days”.
“We had a big meeting in Jomoro yesterday” about the protest on the issue, said Ms Samia Nkrumah on Joy FM’s breakfast show March 5, 2012.
Citing evidence from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and the Volta River Authority (VRA), Samia said the people of her area were given the impression that the infrastructure will be located in Jomoro hence the decision by the Ghana Gas Company to move the plant to Atuabo was a “surprise”.
She argues that the relocation happened in a “secret manner” because she as an MP was not “aware”.
“We want people to take us serious,” she said.
Already citizens of Bonyere have threatened secession over the relocation issue. “If they don’t want the project to come to Bonyere, then we would join Ivory Coast,” the Secretary of Bonyere Citizens Association, Striver Thomas Awuah told ghanabusinessnews.com in an interview.
Meanwhile, a high powered delegation from Jomoro is expected to meet the Minister of Energy, Dr Oteng Adjaye, for clarification on the relocation, reports the Ghana News Agency March 5, 2012.
The project will be constructed by a Chinese company, Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation and will be fully financed from the $3 billion Chinese loan secured by the Ghana government from the China Development Bank (CDB).
The early phase of the infrastructure, according to officials is scheduled to be completed by end of 2012.
Officials say the project will have a functioning gas processing plant and an infrastructure linking the FPSO to the processing plant and to Aboadze and Prestea through Esiama.
It is expected to produce 300 million cubic feet of gas from the Jubilee oilfields daily.
By Ekow Quandzie