Nana Avo Blay V, Chief of Anokyi in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, has expressed disappointment at the inability of Ghana Gas Company (GCC) to improve the livelihoods of surrounding communities.
He said the establishment of the Gas Plant and laying of pipelines into the sea had virtually deprived the people of their livelihoods and some of them have not received compensation for their crops destroyed.
Nana Avo Blah was speaking to a group of journalists from the institute of Financial and Economic Journalists, (IFEJ) during a visit to frontline communities.
The chief claimed that no prior notice was given before the land was cleared for the project, and no proper negotiations was carried out. There is also no job opportunities for the people.
Nana Avo Blay said: “If they are not going to give even menial work to our people, then we want a share in terms of royalties from the Gas Company to develop ourselves.”
“The community would soon demonstrate to drum home our disappointment, ” he warned.
Nana Avo Blay said when all attempts to get the attention of the Ghana Gas fails then, “the gods would be invoked to cease the flow of the natural substance”.
The team also visited the GCC and Quantum Gas, a private common access Gas storage station in the area.
At Quantum, IFEJ members were taken around the facility and the processes in loading a truck.
Mr Alexander Amoaku General Maher of Quantum Gas expressed worry about the lack of safety regulations and regular check on the LPG trucks.
He said the industry attracts high risk hence the need for the state machinery to be activated to avoid the accidents.
The GCC is hoping to build a load gantry to enable it store the LPG products.