The Paramount Chief of the Western Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Annor Adjaye III, has said he was not part of other members of the Nzemamanle Council, who opposed the appointment of Dr. Ben Asante, as the CEO of Ghana National Gas Company Limited.

According to him, the opposition against Dr. Asante’s appointment on tribal lines, is not in the best interest of the country.

Awulae Annor Adjaye III made these comments at Benyin in the Jomoro District of the Western Region, when Dr. Ben Asante paid a courtesy call on him.

Awulae Annor Adjaye III thus declared his support for Dr. Ben Asante, and wished him well in his new appointment. He urged him to consider employing qualified Nzema sons when the opportunity comes, as well as making his administration open to all.

Dr. Asante in his response pledged to work to the satisfaction of all, and to support Nzema youth as part of the corporate social responsibility of Ghana Gas.

Dr. Ben Asante had in sometime last week visited the Paramount Chief of the Eastern Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Amehere Kpanyinli III, who also declared his support for his appointment.

For now, it is becoming evident that the earlier opposition declared by the Paramount Chief of the Nsein Traditional Area, Awuale Agyefi Kwame, and Awulae Angamatu Agyan II, Paramount Chief of Bamianko, was not the position of all the seven chiefs on the Nzemamanle Council.

Dr Ben K. D Asante, a Renowned Engineer, was on January 30, appointed as the Caretaker Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas).

His caretaker position means he will act as the CEO of Ghana Gas until a substantive one is approved. In his acting role, he is also not permitted to take decisions that have policy implications.

About Dr Ben K. D Asante

Dr. Ben Asante has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was the technical Director of Ghana’s first Gas Infrastructure project and also developed the gas infrastructure master plan for Ghana in 2008.

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.

Dr. Ben Asante is a product of Mfantsipim school and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (KNUST, Ghana), and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada.

He also has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London /University of Calgary and has taught gas processing and pipeline engineering at Imperial College, UK and KNUST, Ghana.

By: Obrempong Yaw Ampofo/


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