Western Regional Minister inspects Military Forward Operating Base work at Ezilinbo in Jomoro

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The Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has inspected the progress of work on the Military Forward Operating Base at Ezilinbo in the Jomoro district of the Western region.

According to him, the project after its completion will house the military personnel to enable them protect the country’s oil and gas infrastructure in the area.

Dr. Okyere Darko-Mensah made the comment when he visited the project site to inspect the progress of work as part of his 3-day working visit to some selected MMDAs in the Western region.

The Regional Minister who was pleased with the work done so far, was hopeful the major works would be completed by December this year to enable the contractors do the ancillary works so that the president would come and commission the project in the first quarter of 2024.

According to him, the project will boost the local economy because it will create direct and indirect jobs for the people as they are going to be engaged in different kinds of trade to provide them with a lot of services.

He thanked the president for delivering his promises to the people of Western region, adding that even in COVID, the construction was ongoing because the president wants to see the project completed.

“Nana is making this happen in Jomoro and I am happy, and I believe he needs the support of every Ghanaian to delivery all his promises made to them.”

“We remember, our President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah built the first military harbour in Sekondi and Nana Akufo-Addo is also within his 8-year mandate is building another harbour in Jomoro for the people of Western region and we are grateful to him forever.”

President Akufo-Addo on Monday, December 16, 2019 cut the sod for the construction of a Forward Operating Base in Ezilinbo in the Jomoro district.

The project which is being constructed by Amandi and Vuluxx, will include a breakwater and a jetty, with double-lane tarred road, berthing facilities and accommodation for the military personnel.

When completed, the base will serve as an advance military operational location from where the security of the offshore oil fields, TEN, Sankofa and Jubilee, would be coordinated and maintained.

The government in its effort to address the increase of general maritime security challenges on the Gulf of Guinea, initiated plans to establish forward operating bases at some selected locations along the country’s coast to augment the existing naval port instructions.

Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea continue to pose significant threats to national and regional maritime activities, including the operations of the facilities of the offshore oil and gas sector.

Aside these, illegal bunkering, kidnapping at sea for ransom, illegal fishing, terrorism and drug trafficking among others are common threats across the territorial waters.

These transnational crimes do not only affect national and regional peace and stability but also impose significant costs on the economy and those of the neighbouring countries.

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