PRESIDENT MILLS JUSTIFIES GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO RELOCATE GAS PROCESSING PLANT
President John Evans Atta Mills insists that the decision to relocate the national gas processing plant from Jomoro to Atuabor – a 45 minutes’ drive south, towards the Gulf of Guinea – was necessary to save extra costs.
The initial decision to site the plant at Jomoro was so there will be proximity to the Osagyefo Badge, but the President said it made fiscal sense rather to have the plant at Atuabo which will save the cost of laying extra gas pipelines to connect the plant.
“The technical details are quite clear; it’s better for us to go to Atuabo… the technical report has stated… we want the best for our country,” President Mills assured. “Constructing the facility at Atuabo alone would mean that we will reduce the length of the pipeline by 23 kilometres”.
President Mills said this while addressing a gathering of Ghanaians at a town hall in Washington DC, Friday.He added the decision was in the interest of the country.
Below is a map showing the initial site as ‘A’ and the relocated site as ‘B’
Meanwhile the Omanhene of Nzema traditional area, Awulae Annor Adjaye, has warned the Mills-administration will suffer serious consequences following its decision to relocate the gas processing plant from Jomoro to Atuabo.
His comments came on the back of government’s insistence that it will not be swayed by sentiments to back down on its decision.
The decision has angered residents of Jomoro who accuse government of reneging on an earlier promise to site the gas plant there. Residents complained over the failure of government to pay the necessary compensations which was “rationally” supposed to be paid before the destructions of their crops and plantations over some hectares of lands initially marked for the processing plant.
Government has indicated it will pay compensation to the residents to appease them but the Omanhene told JOYNEWS assurances of compensation are not enough to pacify them.
“The people feel very bad about the breach of trust and they feel very bad about the destruction of their livelihood,” he stated and added that the people are unhappy that government took the decision to relocate the plant without involving them.