From SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
PRESIDENT John Mahama of Ghana has appealed to his Nigerian counterpart, Goodluck Jonathan, to use his influence in the sub region to ensure that the West African Gas Pipeline was repaired so that Ghana could continue to receive supply of Nigeria’s gas for her electricity generation.
The newly elected Ghanaian president who visited President Jonathan yesterday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa said he was on his way to Equatorial Guinea for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states conference, but decided to stop over in Nigeria to felicitate with President Jonathan.
“I took the opportunity to discuss with him the issue of West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it. So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation,” he stated.
The West African Gas Pipeline project which has broken down for some time now covers Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Mahama who spoke with State House correspondents after an audience with President Jonathan observed that yesterday’s visit was compelling in view of the fact that he was unable to pay a condolence visit to President Jonathan when he buried his younger brother, Meni last weekend.
According to the Ghanaian president also, Nigeria was the first country that he needed to visit after the presidential election that produced him, in view of the positions and relationship of the two countries in the West African Sub region.
“This has been a very short visit. I am on my way to Equatorial Guinea for the ACP conference that is taking place there. As you know, Ghana has been the chair since 2008 and we are supposed to be handing over Equatorial Guinea and so enroute I decided o pass through Abuja to pay my respect to President Goodluck Jonathan considering the relations between Ghana and Nigeria.
“After election, it is significant that this is the first country I should visit just to cement the relations between our two great countries.
“I am here to pay my respect to President Jonathan and my condolences on the loss of his younger brother. I should have attended the funeral but we were at the height of our election so, it wasn’t possible. So, I came with the traditional drinks as it is customary with Ghana and our contribution to the funeral which I have presented to President Jonathan to be sent to the family back home,” Mahama said.
From SUNDAY ODE, Abuja