I am frustrated about this, i talked about it the other time some of our MPs have gone to court to stop this project.
President Mahama has questioned why the court is entertaining a suit which intends to halt the Atuabo Freeport Project.
"I am frustrated about this, i talked about it the other time some of our MPs have gone to court to stop this project.
"I don't know for what reason the court is entertaining this suit." The President said.
Five Members of parliament namely Kwaku Kwarteng of Obuasi West, Hawa Koomson of Awutu Senya East Joseph Cudjoe of Effia, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah of Takoradi and Kofi Brako of Tema Central to file a suit at the High Court to challenge the legality of the establishment of the Atuabo Free Port
The President giving an account of his stewardship to Ghanaians said the project was supposed to go to Ivory Coast and not Ghana but for his lobbying skills. He sounded frustrated about the delay as a result of the court case.
“I lobbied to let it come to Ghana because it will provide jobs and provide services to oil and gas companies right down from Sierra Leone Liberia and Nigeria."
Five parliamentarians are questioning some aspect of the agreement. The MPs argue that a clause in the agreement prevents the existing Takoradi Port from being expanded to take advantage of the oil and gas services until Lornho finished the Atuabo Freeport and reaps all benefits. But the suit was dismissed and the MPs are currently pursuing an appeal.
The project was to begin in the second quarter of this year was scheduled to be completed in 2016. It is unclear if the court case will delay the date for completion.
President Mahama is hoping the matter will be freed from the court soon for the project to begin.