K.B Asante said the government must be bold to tell Ghanaians the truth about debt owed Nigeria gas company
Retired diplomat, K.B. Asante has tasked Government to tell Ghanaians the truth if the country did not have the money to pay debt for oil or gas to generate electricity in the country.
K.B. Asante at a lecture delivered at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on Thursday, October 15, 2015, said government should be bold and tell the truth so that there would be light to study, and also prevent industries from collapsing.
His remarks comes at the back of Nigeria Gas (N-Gas), operators of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) that had threatened to suspend the gas pipeline that supplies gas to thermal plants powered by the Volta River Authority (VRA) over 103 million dollars unpaid debts.
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"…a confident and progressive Government in Ghana of today should not be afraid of getting the people to understand and support the actions of the administration…” he said.
Speaking on the theme, "Independence and its great expectations. Loss of Self-Esteem and self-reliance. The Future depends on Ghanaians," K.B. Asante stated that, the government "should not be afraid of getting the people to understand and support the actions of the administration through bold information and sometimes modified to suit the people’s preparedness to accept.
"But above all it should be truthful and if we have not got the mandate to get the money to pay for the oil or gas to generate electricity, we should be bold enough to say it and ask the people of Ghana to pay more for the electricity they use and not to use it except when necessary."
Meanwhile, Ghana has paid $10 million out of the $103 million it owes the Nigeria Gas Company (N-GAS). The payment amounts to about ten percent of the total amount owed the gas company.
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Sources within the Nigerian company say stringent and appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that Ghana settles the entire debt as early as possible.
The source added that any decision to cut supply of gas to the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAPCO) will affect many other West African countries aside Ghana.