Regional News of 2014-07-22

Nana Nketsia criticises Lonrho’s “unhealthy relationship” with Africa

The Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has expressed his reservations over the Lonrho Ghana Ports Limited’s contract to build an Oil and Gas terminal in the Western region.

Many groups, including the minority in parliament have expressed similar sentiments over the two projects.

Lonrho has, with the support of the government, acquired 514 hectares of land at Atuabo in the Ellembelle District for the construction and operation of an oil and gas port terminal.

The project, known as the Ghana Oil and Gas Freeport Service Terminal Complex, is expected to begin operating at full capacity in 2016.

However, Nana Kobina Nketsiah questioned the aim of the project and even wondered if Lonrho has the track record to deliver, when the new British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin paid a courtesy call on him.

He expressed his displeasure at Lornho’s “unhealthy relationship” with African countries and the fact that Ghanaians do not benefit greatly from foreign investments.

He, however, stated that “if and when” the port was built, he hoped the company “would have learnt from its mistakes” and would “make changes” in the way it relates with African countries.

Source: citifmonline
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