Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby is blaming Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan for sabotaging crucial gas supply to Ghana which has left the country in partial darkness.
The Chief Policy analyst criticized the Nigerian president saying unlike his predecessor Obansanjo, Goodluck Jonatan has undermined a long standing ‘romantic’ relationship between Ghana and Nigeria.
Instead of honouring the contractual agreement to supply gas consistently to Ghana, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria, chose to fulfill his promise to a tertiary institution, GIMPA, by raising $1 million towards the construction of the proposed Jubilee Library.
Ghana is grappling with a stubborn tick –an energy crisis – that has kept successive governments scratching their head over solutions to a regime-changing problem.
The West African Gas Pipeline Project which started since 1992 was meant to channel natural gas flared in Nigeria to feed a power- hungry West African coastline.
From day one, the project, Dr. Brobby explained, was troubled with problems of “ownership of the pipeline; safety, reliability and integrity of the pipeline itself”.
After 24 years of frustrating negotiations, promises and pledges from Nigeria, gas supply to Ghana has been unsatisfactory. A shortage of gas has caused another energy crisis prompting the Minister of Energy, Kofi Buah to make a quick dash to meet his Nigerian counterpart. He only managed to get Nigeria to assure 50 million cubic feet of gas – less than 40% of the contracted quantity.
In an article, Waking up for the Pipe dream, Part 1, /opinion/2014/March-24th/waking-up-from-the-pipe-dream-part-i.php posted on myjoyonline, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby called the latest disappointment as a ‘419’ scam and “tantamount to a declaration of war.”
Dr. Wereko-Brobby was an Energy Policy Advisor to the Government of Ghana and supervised an Italy/ World Bank feasibility study on the project. His involvement with the gas project was deepened after heading the Volta River Authority, Ghana’s energy generation company.
According the the energy advisor, “Ghana has not, should not expect and will never get the amount of gas from Nigeria that [Nigeria]Gas committed itself”.
Nigeria wants to use its own gas for its own development, leaving Ghana groping in the dark. Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]
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