By: Murtala Issah
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has intensified exploratory activities in Ghana’s offshore sedimentary basin in the Northern and Savannah regions.
The exploration is taking place across four hundred and sixty (460) communities in some thirteen Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the two regions.
The Chief Executive Officer of the GNPC, Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah, revealed this during a tour of some communities where exploration is taking place.
The visit also saw the CEO of the GNPC, and the Deputy Minister of Energy, Herbert Krampah paying courtesy calls on some chiefs in the area, to thank them for their cooperation.
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is the state agency responsible for the exploration, licensing, and distribution of petroleum-related activities
The agency was established as a state-owned company under PNDC Laws 64 and 84. Since the discovery of oil in Ghana over a decade ago, the GNPC has been prospecting for oil offshore with the Corporation increasingly convinced that, oil will soon be discovered in Northern Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana the (GNPC), Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah, during a tour of some of the sites in the Northern and Savannah regions indicated that the Voltaian Basin Project is a game changer for the country.
The Deputy Minister of Energy, Herbert Krampah, who was part of the tour expressed his excitement about the project noting that it has the potential of changing the fortunes of the people up North and the country at large.
He disclosed that the project will impact positively on the economy and create direct and indirect jobs for the youth within the Northern sector.
“The growth that we see every year significantly because of oil and if we found oil onshore I think government would have chalked a big milestone and that is why President Akufo-Addo is very committed to this project,” he emphasised.
Earlier , the team paid a courtesy call on the King of Dagbon, Ndan Ya Na Abukari II at his Gbewa palace in Yendi.
They also called on the Regent of Mion, Gushegu Naa, Yoo Naa, and the Sagnarigu Naa to seek for their support for the success of the project.
The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Abukari II commended GNPC and the Energy Ministry for the Voltaian Basin Project describing it as the hope for Northern ghana.