KOFI Esson, Government and External Relations Manager of Tullow Ghana Limited, has stated that there will always be peace between the company and fishermen so long as the latter continue to stay away from the oil rig.
He noted that as the company works around the clock to ensure that the country meets the production target by the fourth quarter, fishermen and community members should do nothing to disturb the operations of the oil company.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all be law-abiding and work conscientiously to achieve our objectives of developing the country,Ã¢â‚¬Â he stressed.
Mr. Esson was speaking at the fourth meeting with chief fishermen, canoe owners, fishmongers, fishermen associations and cooperatives.
The fishermen were drawn from Sekondi-Takoradi, Shama, Nzema East, which are all coastal areas.
Okyeame Agyei Ampadu, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Relations disclosed that the company would adhere to the laws of the country, customs and traditions of the host communities.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tullow Ghana operates in a friendly, transparent and responsible manner. We want the people to contact the company if they did not understand anything,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
He explained that the company would not impose any development project on the communities, adding that they would consult them regularly.
Leaders of the fishermenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ associations unanimously called on the oil companies to sell outboard motors, nets, hooks and line at subsidized prices to them.
Nana Kondua, the chief fisherman of Abuesi promised that they would not go towards the oil rig since Ã¢â‚¬Å“it could spell disaster to the entire oil operations and the lives of the fishermen and workers on the rig.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Seth Asare-Pepra, Lead Petroleum Engineer at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tullow is a major operator in the exploration oil in the country, but the others do not longer because their duties are specialized.Ã¢â‚¬Â
From Sam Mark Essien, Takoradi