Govt Fulfills GNPC Office For WR Promise
Okyere Darko-Mensah (3rd left) in a photograph with the MMDAs and Heads of Departments
Government is on course to fulfilling
its campaign promise of relocating the operational headquarters of the Ghana
National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to the Western Region.
The government has therefore,
acquired some acres of land close to the Ghana Secondary Technical School in
Takoradi to commence the construction of offices and ancillary facilities to
make them fully operational in the Region.
Relocating the GNPC’s headquarters to
the Western Region from its current location in Tema was a campaign pledge by
the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 general
During one of his campaign tours of
the region, the then opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, told the people of the
Western Region that the move would turn the Western Region into an oil
production hub for West Africa.
Addressing the Western Regional
Coordinating Council (RCC) meeting in Sekondi yesterday, the Regional Minister,
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah mentioned that the promise would soon be
The RCC meeting was attended by the
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDAs) as well as Heads
of Decentralized Departments in the region.
He indicated that the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of GNPC Dr Kofi Sarpong had dully been informed about the move
and he (CEO) had even visited the site near the Ghana Secondary Technical
The Regional Minister stressed that
he would use all within his power to facilitate the siting of the operations
headquarters of GNPC in the region.
He also said that he would spearhead
the construction of the Takoradi International Airport at Kejebil in the region
to provide direct link with the West African sub-regional and global
He said at the meeting that his
outfit would pursue the upgrade of Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi to a
Teaching Hospital by 2025.
He noted that an investment centre
had been opened at the Regional Coordinating Council to provide a one-stop-shop
facilitation for investment and tourism promotion in the region.
The Regional Minister pointed out
that his outfit would also provide an efficient passport acquisition and
business facility in Sekondi.
He told the meeting that the current
government, despite the challenges it inherited, was tackling deficits in
infrastructure, roads, railways, sea and airports among others.
He then charged traditional
authorities and the assemblies to leverage the business communities in their areas
of jurisdiction to leave behind legacy projects that could transform the
He charged the MMDAs to take corporate social responsible agreements with business entities to a higher level rather than the small amenities the assemblies themselves could provide.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi