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Western Regional Minister to GNPC boss: We are here to make you succeed

The GNPC boss, Joseph Dadzie and some of his management members paid a courtesy call on the Western Regional Minister in Takoradi

The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has given the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) his fullest assurance that his office will ensure he succeeds.

The minister said this when GNPC boss, Joseph Dadzie and some of his management members paid a courtesy call on him in Takoradi.

The visit was for the CEO of GNPC to officially introduce himself to the minister and the Western Regional Coordinating Council as the new head of the Ghana national oil company.

Joseph Dadzie took office on 2 May 2024 after his predecessor Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah resigned as the CEO of the Corporation.

Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko in his remarks reminded the GNPC boss of the critical role the Corporation plays in the governance of the country. He noted that “the success of the government in the Western Region depends on GNPC”.

The Regional Minister said it is for this reason that he will implore the new CEO to ensure that all developmental projects started by GNPC in the region and have been stalled, are completed.

According to him, Joseph Dadzie should see himself as “the CEO who is going to score the goal for the government in the 2024 elections”.

As President Nana Akufo-Addo readies to commission the ultra-modern operational headquarters of the National Oil Company in Takoradi, the Regional Minister advocated that new staff recruitment to supplement the workforce in Takoradi are mostly recruited from the Western Region to appease the Chiefs and people in the region.

On his part, the GNPC CEO showed appreciation to the Regional Minister and the entire Coordinating Council for the support they have always offered the Corporation.

Joseph Dadzie particularly thanked the regional minister for the role he played in helping the GNPC secure the land on which its state-of-the-art operational headquarters is situated.

He said, “in 2016, the president had promised the people we were going to put up the operational head office and through your valuable contribution and assistance and sometimes I dare say, bulldozing your way through, we’ve been able to complete the operational head office”.

Joseph Dadzie among other things told the Western Regional Minister, he was there with his entourage to ascertain from him any inputs and counsel he has for them to help them do things better for the Corporation and Ghana in general. “We are also here to also listen to you because you are the political overlord of this region to also find out whether there are things that we can do better”, Dadzie noted.

Responding to the minister on his concerns on stalled GNPC developmental projects and employment for indigenes, Dadzie assured the minister the board of the GNPC has met over those projects and some actions are being initiated to ensure the continuation of the projects.

Concerning employment opportunities for indigenes, the GNPC boss told the minister “for starters, the low hanging fruits; security, cleaning, must be given to the people in the Western Region. For actual employment, even though I am the managing director, I am not the final say on that, but I am sure the people who need to be employed at the operational head office, priority would be given to the people of the Western Region”.

According to Dadzie, all other concerns tabled by the minister would be given the currency they deserve at the board level and promised to push for them to be considered.

Accompanying the CEO was Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, general manager, strategy and investment, Prof. Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah, general manager, human resources, Dr. Dominic Eduah, executive director, GNPC Foundation, Kingsley Asare, manager in-charge of works and senior staff association president, Eric Kwadwo Asare.

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