ADA HOLDS GHANA’s largest oil deposit and Ghanaians, especially, GaDangmes and indigenes of Ada and surrounding towns has been called upon to ensure that good structures are put in place to entice Government as well as foreign investors to explore the area.
Nene Abbanam Akpanglo II, chief of Ada Karbiawe clan also known in private life as Professor Akpanglo NArtey stressed that the geographical location of Ada where the largest artificial lake in the world – River Volta enters the seas and bounded by numerous islands may have large quantities of oil deposits stressing that scientifically, oil is formed ouot of fossil deposits and the estuary at Ada which has existed for so many years would have been a very fertile ground for large oil deposits. He therefore called on the government for immediate feasibility studies along the Ada coastal belt stretching from Ada to Accra.
Prof. Akpanglo Nartey made this disclosure in am exclusive interview with Wojaku at Ada over the weekend stressing that Ghana’s largest oil deposit is yet to be discovered.
He said in lieu of this, all GaDangmes must ensure that they re-position themselves in education and skills training to venture into the oil and its associate sectors
Prof. Akpanglo Nartey who is also the Vice Principal of Regent University of Science and Technology in Accra and a member of the GaDamgme Council said when good structures are put in place it would entice foreign investors to carry out feasibility studies for the oil find.
He said divisiveness, property owning disputes, lack of trust and unity among most of the GaDangme chiefs, especially in Ada, has forced most developmental projects to be shifted from Ada and other parts of the GaDangme enclave to other parts of the country where sometimes they are not needed.
He reiterated that the Government must do all it can to undertake a feasibility study since the oil find would not only benefit the GaDangme people but help boost the economy of the entire nation.
He said the oil deposit which he believes have been lying untapped for ages, if tapped can make Ghana rub shoulders with the world’s biggest oil producing countries.
He was worried that the Songhor Lagoon salt project is being underutilized saying salt from the project should have been the preferred source of supply for the processing of crude oil in Ghana because of its proximity to the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) nothing with disgust that land ownership disputes and matters surrounding the Ada Songhor Lagoon have made it difficult for institutions to patronize the Ada Songhor salt.
He pointed out that tribes who own the Songhor Lagoon sees others as not owners of the Lagoon making collective bargaining for the Songhor Lagoon very difficult.
Prof. Akpanglo said he would not be surprised to see a feasibility study for oil being carried out in towns closer to Ada if traditional authorities within the GaDangme enclave do not come together to fight for a collective bargaining power. He therefore urged all GaDangme people to come together and work towards the prospecting for oil at Ada.
Meanwhile the District Chief Executive of Ada, Honorable Daniel Rexford Wussah has confirmed in an interview at Anyamam – Ada of a possible oil deposits in large quantities along the Volta basin, the estuary and on the islands of Ada.
He revealed that a Nigeria company previously undertook feasibility studies of a possible oil find in Ada but the report was not made known but was quick to add that he will be the greatest achievement for him if oil is discovered in large quantities at Ada during his tenure of office as the DCE.
“Yes, I have been told (of the feasibility study) but we need Government now to come out officially to confirm that there is indeed existence of oil in Ada. I think I will be happy that during my tenure in office as the DCE and tenure of His Excellency President J. E. A. Mills as the President of Ghana that oil has been found in my district,” he stressed.