Some agitation is building up in the Ghana Gas Company enclave in the Nzemaland over employment and other benefits, residents in the catchment area expects from the company and to an extent government. Chiefs and people of Anokyi and Asemnda; immediate project affected communities of the Ghana National Gas Company Limited, claim they are being shortchanged in the delivery of employment opportunities and other sponsorship from the company.
Pursuant to this, a press conference was held today by a local advocacy group; Ghana Gas Immediate Affected Communities, to register their displeasure and bargain for an entitlement regime with government. The group demands a 40 percent quota of all employment and National Service in the company, Skills Training Development, Educational Assistant Program, and Alternative Livelihood Program, from Ghana Gas.
President of Ghana Gas Immediate Affected Communities, Dominic Awortwe who addressed the press noted that these issues are their top most priority and that urged management of the company to consider their request.
“We are begging you Dr. Ben Asante [CEO- Ghana Gas], Management and Board of Ghana Gas that, we the Nzema Youth, this is our topmost priority. This is what we want from Ghana Gas. And that is why we are calling on the President, Nana Akufo Addo, and all other authorities to plead on our behalf to tell Dr. Asante that this is what we want” he emphasized.
He justified that host communities deserves better, since they are at greater risk should an unfortunate incident happened.
“We know that Ghana Gas is for the entire country but the company is on our lands. Should something happen now, we the immediate communities and the Nzemaland will suffer most, and that is why we demanding 40 percent of employment quota, 40 percent of National Service and Attachment quota, so that the 60 percent will be there for the rest of the country. I think this is fair” Mr. Awortwe added.
They also accused Ghana National Gas Company Limited of failing to engage the communities in the ongoing project for the expansion of their installation.