A statement issued by Mr King A. Wellington, the Head of the Communications Unit, Ministry of Energy and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the agenda of the meeting was to follow up on action points from the previous meeting held in Accra last year, provide feedback on WAGP’s operational and financial issues as well as tariff issues and to finalize the Western Interconnection Agreement.
It said the meeting was hosted by the Benin Minister of Energy, Water and Mines, Mr Dona Jean-Claude Houssou, brought together senior government officials from Ghana, Nigeria and Togo as well as key stakeholders such as West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA) and West African Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo).
Mr Boakye Agyarko, Chairman of the COM, tasked all member states to work together and help ensure that the project succeeded.
“We need to dedicate ourselves in ensuring that WAPCo survives,” he said.
He further urged stakeholders to find common ground in resolving key issues such as reliable supply of gas and payment guarantee.
The statement noted that proceedings were opened by Mr Houssou who reinstated the importance of the project and urged for a fruitful deliberation.
Representative of the Nigerian Minister of State in charge of Petroleum Resources, Mr Saidu A. Mohammed affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the project.
He emphasized that the Nigerian Government was working assiduously to ramp-up gas supply to about 70 mmscfd this year.
According to Mr Mohammed, the ramping up of gas supply would be achieved because the Nigerian Government was making headways in resolving onshore gas pipeline vandalization.
The statement said the COM re-affirmed its commitment to the project and tasked WAPCo to look into expanding its business model.
The Ministers expressed their profound gratitude to the people and Government of Benin, for the warm hospitality accorded to them and their delegation during their stay in Cotonou.
Other dignitaries present were representatives from ECOWAS, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy, N-Gas, WAGPA and WAPCo.