A former Chief Executive Officer of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey has accused the Energy Ministry of making excuses for the West African Gas Pipeline Company which has failed to fulfill its contract with Ghana.
“The Energy Ministry unfortunately…is making excuses for somebody who has been contracted to supply us gas, who is failing to lead their obligations to us,” he opined.
The sector Minister has been dispatched to Nigeria to meet the management of the West African Gas Pipeline Company over the shortfall in the supply of gas from Nigeria resulting in a load shedding across the country.
According to Dr. Wereko-Brobbey, the Minister’s trip will not yield any results if the company is not accountable for breaching its agreement to supply Ghana with gas.
In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, Dr. Wereko-Brobbey urged persons who are obsessed with the West African Gas Pipeline to know “it is only a transportation company. It transports the gas that END Gas has committed to supply to us.”
END Gas according to him is an energy company contracted by Ghana to transport energy which is made up of “Shell, Chevron and the NMPC’ with the shareholders being “the Ghana government and the governments of Benin and Togo…so it’s a combination of suppliers and the states.”
He accused government of not taking adequate steps to ensure the company meets its obligations since Ghana consumes about 90% of the gas.
He acknowledged signing the agreement documents on behalf of the VRA with END Gas but was quick to add that the latter has never met its obligations in the deal “and in most cases, they supply far below.”
The former VRA boss maintained until Ghana gets adequate gas supply from Nigeria or from the Jubilee Oil Field in Ghana, “nobody can say that the ‘dumsor dumsor’ has come to end.”
He counseled government either to focus on forcing END Gas stick to its obligations and deliver or break the contract and embark on a redirection of the gas pipeline to pump gas from the Jubilee Oil Fields to run the various power plants in the country.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana