General News of Saturday, 8 July 2017
Former Energy Minister, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah says the NPP in opposition nearly thwarted efforts for the commercial production of oil from the Sankofa Gye Nyame oil fields.
According to him, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government should have shown the same enthusiasm towards the plan under the John Mahama administration as it is currently.
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, July 6, commissioned the Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel (FPSO) John Agyekum Kufuor to formally kick-start the production of oil in commercial quantities from the Sankofa Gye-Nyame Fields although the arrangement for the FPSO was undertaken by the John Mahama government.
Mr. Kofi Buah in an interview with Citi News expressed regret members of the New Patriotic Party, then in opposition, were not truthful to support the NDC’s efforts when it was in power.
“I had wished that we had gotten all the support from the NPP then in opposition. On a constant basis, this project was condemned when critical investors were here. On the eve of the Italian Prime Minister’s visit to Ghana, the minority had a press conference condemning this important project. But of course we now know that none of them was true,” he said.
‘John Mahama named 3rd FPSO after Kufuor’
The Ellembele legislator and ranking member on the Energy and Mines Committee of Parliament had earlier said the decision to name the 3rd FPSO after former President John Kufuor was taken by John Mahama.
He said it was to recognize the role that Kufuor played in Ghana’s 2007 discovery of oil in commercial quantities.