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Western Region Nzema Chiefs kick against Dr. Asante as Ghana Gas CEO

The Chiefs want Professor Sagary Nokoe, who they believe "understands the socio-cultural, economic, security, political and environmental dynamics of the terrain” to be appointed as the CEO of Ghana Gas.

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Chiefs in the Nzema Traditional area of the Western Region have kicked against the appointment of Dr. Ben Asante as the caretaker Chief Executive officer of the Ghana National Gas Company Limited.

The Chiefs want Professor Sagary Nokoe, who they believe "understands the socio-cultural, economic, security, political and environmental dynamics of the terrain” to be appointed as the CEO of Ghana Gas.

READ MORE: Dr Ben Asante is caretaker CEO of Ghana Gas

Prof. Nokoe is a well known New Patriotic Party sympathiser in the Western Region where Ghana's upstream production is located.

“Our appeal against the processing, declaration and confirmation of the nominee Dr. Ben Asante, and the suggestion of Professor Sagary Nokoe, however, is informed by extensive social intelligence gathered, plus the weighing strengths of the latter based on his outstanding contributions to the development of the country both local, regional, national and international level," the Paramount chiefs in the seven traditional areas in Nzema area said at a press conference Saturday.

They added: “The move to give the position of the CEO of the Ghana National Gas Company to Dr. Asante will imply that Nzemas described by international standard as mostly influenced by the oil and gas, will become worse in this appointment under your [Nana Addo’s] regime than expected."

The Chiefs noted that the appointment of Prof. Nokoe to be the CEO of Ghana Gas by President Nana Akufo-Addo "will become a referential landmark for the needed further support to your administration”.

-Ellembelle youth against appointment--

Weeks ago, some youth in Ellembelle also in the Western Region kicked against Dr Ben K. D Asante's appointment as caretaker CEO of Ghana Gas.

They argued that Dr. Asante was part of what they described as some corrupt practices during the NDC era, when he served as a Deputy Director in charge of Technical services and also a consultant.

“We don’t want him because for every mess that has been created in the company, he is also part of it.  If Ghana gas didn’t go well, he is part of the problem since he was part of the top hierarchy of the company and as a consultant, he gave all the consultancy advice,” the spokesperson for the Ellembelle youth group, Felix Dickson, said.

--Who is Dr Asante?

Dr Asante was the technical Director of Ghana’s first Gas Infrastructure project and also developed the gas infrastructure master plan for Ghana in 2008.

READ MORE: Ellembelle youth to hit the streets against new Ghana Gas CEO

He has also served as a consultant to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and provided engineering services, project management and technical support for various projects across the world including UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and USA.

He has worked for major companies including Nova/TransCanada and Enron and Jacobs Engineering

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