Nzema East youth worried about delay in Atuabo project

Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, Western  Regional Minister

Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister

The Nzema Youth for Peace and Development (NYPD) have said it would prevent attempts by five Members of Parliament (MPs), which they consider as negatively affecting the execution of the Atuabo Freeport project, describing their attitude as a “mere political gimmick.”

They noted that, the MPS have been pursuing the case from one court to the other either to delay or stop the progress of the project.

On Wednesday July 21, the Court of Appeal in Cape Coast dismissed an appeal filed by the MPs, describing it as defective and awarded GH¢6,000 against the applicants, who include Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng MP for Obuasi West, Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko, MP for Takoradi, Mr. Joseph Cudjoe, MP for Effia, Mr. Kofi Brako, MP for Tema Central, and Mavis Hawa Koomson, MP for Ewutu-Senya.

The MPs had earlier filed application at at the Sekondi High Court to have clause seven in the project agreement, removed, claiming that the clause was an illegal restriction on the Takoradi Port from expanding into an oil and gas services.

Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, the President of NYPD, Mr. Abizi Morkeh, said “ We will wage the needed struggle against anybody or group with the intention to cripple the advancement of the project. We are one with common voice calling on all and sundry to rally behind us as our orientation is rooted in the need to empower Ghanaians through employment, provision of social services and equitable distribution of the national wealth.”

He noted that, the protectionistss, views, held by the five MPs that, with the coming into force, the Atuabo project had the potentialsto affect the operations of the Takoradi Harbour, had been dismissed by the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, Richard Anamoo, who had stated that, free port posed no threat to the survival and viability of the harbour.

Mr. Morkeh indicated that, the Atuabo Freeport would offer Ghanaians the opportunity to become a regional hub for support services in the West African sub region, which was important for oil and gas production and also create more than 4,000 jobs in logistics supply, warehouse storage and offices.

The NYPD president said the actions of the MPs were “objectionable when it assume the direction of mischief and deliberate attempt to derail national progress.”

He indicated that “The behaviour of the MPs if allowed can set a bad precedent where parliamentarians after a law is passed by the House can turn round and go to court to challenge it. The youth of Nzema see their attitude as a failure and betrayal. As a matter of urgency we are calling on the parliamentary leadership to call the MPs to order.”

From Clement Adzei Boye, Anochie

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