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Communities in Jomoro will benefit significantly from petroleum hub project, says Charles Owusu

The Petroleum Hub Development Corporation (PHDC) is actively engaging with Jomoro residents to ensure the project translates to tangible improvements in their lives

The planned construction of a petroleum hub in the Jomoro Municipality, Western Region, is set to create a significant economic transformation for the community, according to the CEO of the Petroleum Hub Development Corporation (PHDC), Charles Owusu.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (14 June), Owusu outlined the project’s potential to generate a staggering 780,000 jobs.

He emphasised that both skilled and non-skilled workers will be needed, ensuring widespread community participation.

“The communities are going to benefit,” Owusu said.

“This whole project is not for those who have been to school alone. We are looking at artisans, we are looking at graduates and we are looking at professionals to be there.”

According to Owusu, the PHDC is actively engaging with Jomoro residents to ensure the project translates to tangible improvements in their lives.

He highlighted initiatives that address the traditional reliance on fishing and farming in the area.

“We’ve been engaging the communities, explaining the concept to them [and] how it’s going to benefit their livelihood,” he explained. “There is a study that when we went to Malaysia, Petronas has done in terms of moving people away from going to the sea and doing aquaculture.”

The PHDC CEO elaborated on additional plans to empower local businesses through a dedicated SME incubator programme.

“There are a lot of things we are doing within the community in terms of what we call the SME incubator,” he said. “If you are already cooking maybe a bowl of banku, now you are going to do about ten of them.”

The PHDC is also collaborating with government agencies like the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) and the Microfinance and Loans Centre (MASLOC) to provide financial assistance and training to local entrepreneurs.

Owusu also outlined the PHDC’s commitment to Jomoro’s long-term development.

“Fortunately for us, there is a technical school around Kikam which we are trying to adopt and link it with TTU, which is the Takoradi Technical University,” he revealed. “So that is what we are trying to do for the community.”

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