Founder of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has backed calls by chiefs in the Western Region to relocate the headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) from Accra to Takoradi.
His call comes after the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional area, Nana Kobena Nketia IV, reminded Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia during his visit to the region to honour the promise made by the NPP government prior to the 2016 elections.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had promised to situate GNPC’s headquarters in Takoradi as part of its plans to make the Region a West African regional oil hub.
Prior to the 2016 elections, the then-presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo told the chiefs “all the big oil hubs in the world are not many. If you take Rotterdam, Hurst and a few others there is no reason why we can’t make the Western Region a major oil services hub.”
However, one year into his four-year term, President Nana Akufo-Addo is yet to fulfil the promise made to the Region.
Dr Nduom in a facebook post expressed his support backing calls for the relocation.
“I support this request – the Western Region needs it. Both NPP & and PPP promised this. NPP won the election and must deliver”.
Dr Nduom believes that the relocation of GNPC headquarters from Accra to Takoradi would create employment opportunities for the youth in the Western Region as well as bring about development in the region.
By Sampson Anane Twum