Ghana’s president, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has urged the country’s National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) to ensure that gas transmission is extended to parts of the country with significant mineral deposits.
He said when that was done, it would help develop the country’s mining sector and enhance its transformational agenda through industrialization.
Speaking at the inauguration of an operational building for Ghana Gas at Esiama in the Ellembelle District in the Western Region, the President expressed delight that the company had connected industrial customers operating within the Free Zones enclave in the Sekondi/Takoradi metropolis to gas supply.Ghana Gas, he noted, was strategically positioned in the West African nation’s development process and promised that its potential would further be harnessed for growth in the sector.
President Akufo-Addo said efforts were being made to enhance the capacity of Ghana Gas to be able to export gas to neighbouring countries.
He said the Ministry of Energy and its counterpart in Cote d’Ivoire would soon sign an agreement for the supply of gas to Cote d’Ivoire.
The President said such an agreement would not only help in job creation in Ghana but also accelerate its development.
He further stated that Ghana Gas was exploring more areas of expansion, as it was currently working to develop requisite infrastructure for the production of compressed natural gas (CNG) in the country.
The Western Regional Minister, Dr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, commended Ghana Gas for its interest in the development of the region.
The Chief Executive of Ghana Gas, Dr Ben Asante, reiterated the company’s resolve to focus on harnessing Ghana’s natural gas resource to its full potential.