Logoligi musings: Are we really ready for the oil?

Elders in oil towns expecting expatriates to marry their girls?

Audio: We expect race babies with expatriates

The first time I heard this news, as reported in the audio in the link above, I nearly vomitted. According to Joy FM, “some people in the oil producing areas in the country are expecting to have mixed children resulting from expatriate workers copulating with Ghanaian ladies.

Residents of Efaso, in the Jomoro District of the Western Region hope to raise mixed children who certainly will have a better life as their expatriate parents will be in a better position to pay for their educational needs.”

The Assembly man of the area spoke to Joy FM and that was his response when asked what preparations they had put in place for the expected commencement of oil production in commercial quantities later this year.

Is this the level of thinking of the leaders of the communities? That the white men coming in will not come with their wives and so will come and marry the young ladies of these communities to ‘born’ half-castes?

God help us and our communities.

I fear, however, that this attitude mirrors our collective attitude as a nation towards our oil fortune. For the past three or four years that we struck oil and knew that 2010 will be the year of first commercial production, what arrangements have we put in place to ensure that we maximise our gains? Have we trained enough technocrats? Have we trained enough engineers? Have we finally even agreed on our expected revenue? Are we agreed on what we really expect from this oil find?

This attitude came to the fore earlier this week when the Transport Minister gave a one-week ultimatum to the relevant authorities to sort out the lease on a plot of land needed to build the chemical plant required at the Takoradi Port for the maintenance of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, which is already finished and on its way to Ghana. The plant should be completed before the FPSO arrival in July.

Story by Graphic: Ghana To Lose $1m If….

Story by Joy FM: Transport Minister orders GPHA to complete lease agreement for FPSO Nkrumah

And the officials had the confidence to actually report that the plant can be built in two months, ‘fortunately’, so we are still on track! Fortunately? When did we know that the chemical plant will be required – only yesterday? In such a project, I believe the building of the FPSO will be the longest critical path in the work breakdown schedule of the project. The chemical plant which, if it can indeed be built in two months shouldn’t be the rate determining activity, is now becoming such an urgent step. Is there a project manager in-charge of this preparation? I don’t really know the complexity of the chemical plant, but building it in two months sounds rather rushed in my chemical engineering mind.

We may sit and dilly-dally and continue to use hope as a strategy, only to look back to today and regret that we were not serious enough in our planning. It is said that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

Are we really ready for the oil? May God help us to redeem today.

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2 thoughts on “Logoligi musings: Are we really ready for the oil?

  1. I have read through the various scripts and being inspired by the knowledge and message that it carried. One of the things that touched me the most is your answer to the interview question “are you successful?” Your answer demonstrated to a large extent that you are in deed an icon who is on a journey of influencing people positively in this country, the continent and beyond. I believe this strongly and see it unfolding in the years to come. God bless you.

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