Business News of 2014-04-23

Tell us true state of Atuabo gas project

The Western Regional Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has appealed to engineers and consultants working on the Atuabo gas project to tell Ghanaians the exact time that the plant will be ready to start pumping gas to the Aboadze Thermal Plant.

Telling the true status of the project, according to the Chairman of the Presbytery, Rev Dr A. F. Anakwa, would put the minds of the people at rest once and for all, besides ensuring the stabilisation of electricity supply in the country.

‘‘As of now, they announce a new date of completion but this does not materialise and also does not help anybody at all. It rather creates panic and confusion in the minds of Ghanaians,’’ he observed.

Economic challenges

Rev Dr Anakwa was opening the two-day 27th Presbytery of the church at Tarkwa on the theme, ‘‘The Fruit of the Holy Spirit and the Believer (Gal.5:22-23)’’.

‘‘Everyone in Ghana today, including the government, recognises that things are hard for the citizenry with regard to energy and the depreciation of the national currency and we appreciate the effort the government is making to resolve these challenges,’’ he said.

On the depreciation of the cedi, he said, ‘‘It is common knowledge that the recent measures that were instituted by government and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to stem the downward trend of the national currency did not yield much dividend.’’

Rev Dr Anakwa, therefore, suggested to the government and its economic team to look at those measures again, correct what went wrong and institute more pragmatic measures to stabilise the national currency.

‘‘In these two crises, I call on the presbytery and, indeed, all Ghanaians to do what we know best; that is, pray to God to show us a way as a country and bring relief to Ghanaians,’’ he said.

Bad roads

He expressed regret at the deplorable nature of the Tarkwa-Bogoso road, which he said was of economic importance to the region in particular and the country at large.

Rev. Dr Anakwa recalled that the sod was cut for the road project by President J.E.A. Mills in early 2011 but work had not started on the road, saying that quality hours were spent every day on that short distance, apart from the numerous vehicular breakdowns on it.

He, therefore, urged whoever the government had charged with the responsibility to supervise the road project to constantly put pressure on the contractor to avoid further delay and also speed up the work.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Mrs Christina Kobinah, acknowledged Presbyterian discipline and training which had transformed many lives and impacted in no small measure on the socio-economic development of the country.

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