The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has assured the people Asemnda, Anoche and Atuabo that using the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme as a basis, the needs of the communities will be tackled to bring some comfort to the people.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Gas, Dr. Sipa Yankey, gave the assurance.
He further promised the three communities that the government would, in due course, pay compensation for their land acquired for the gas project.
He said that when he led a management team from Ghana Gas to meet with the elders and people of the three communities, all in the Nzema East District in the Western Region.
According to Dr. Yankey, rehabilitation of some major roads in the area would continue while school infrastructures in the communities would be markedly improved.
He said ongoing provision of teaching and learning materials to the various schools in the community would be enhanced, while needy but brilliant school children will be provided scholarships to further their education.
He therefore urged parents in the communities to encourage their children to learn hard in order to reap the benefits of the presence of Ghana Gas and other projects in the area.
Dr. Yankey said although crop compensation had been paid to affected farmers, Ghana Gas will give financial support to those project-affected farmers who might want to engage in trading as a complement to their livelihood.
The elders of Asemnda and Anoche in separate interactions with the team from Ghana Gas, mentioned the construction of a palace as a priority. They said if their wish was fulfilled, it would go a long way to cement cordial relations between the gas processing company and the area.
An elder of Asemnda, Mr. Kojo Antwi Aboagye, said it was important that a palace was built for the village “for the sake posterity and generations yet unborn to appreciate our relationship”. He added that besides the palace, the community would appreciate it if the road from Atuabo to Asemnda was reconstructed.
In addition, elders of the two communities appealed for employment opportunities for the youth, expansion of the Atuabo Clinic to serve the three communities and a teachers’ residence for the local schools.
Dr. Yankey acknowledged the demands and said Ghana Gas will include them in its future CSR budget.
He asked persons in the three communities who were qualified to work with Ghana Gas to apply through its Community Relations Office for consideration.
The CEO also responded to a rumour in the Anoche community that Ghana Gas had a special plan to buy-out all Anoche lands for future development. He said the rumour was unfounded, stressing that there was no such plan on the drawing board of Ghana Gas.
The Chief of Anoche, Nana Afo Blay V, in presenting the community needs to the CEO of Ghana Gas, said safety training for the community and construction of access roads to newly residential areas should be considered.
Dr Yankey then took the opportunity to inform them of the construction of the road from Alabokazo to Tikobo No1, with a concrete bridge on the Amanzuri River in Alabokazo and Elloin.
He said the contractor for the project has already started work, and said there will be a by-pass from Krisan to the Ghana Gas LPG Loading Gantry at Anoche.
Dr. Yankey urged the youth in the area who attended the event in their numbers to take their education serious and study hard to get good jobs in future.
(Daily Graphic - Thursday 26th June, 2014)