Accra, Oct. 20, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday acknowledged the roles played by successive governments in securing Ghana’s western maritime boundary.
He said the verdict handed down by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) was a collective effort.
“This victory could not have been achieved through the actions of one person, one political party or one government. It has been a collective effort, and the important roles played by successive presidents and governments, should not be overlooked, discounted or understated,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said this at a reception he hosted at the Flagstaff House in honour of the legal team that represented Ghana in the three-year-long maritime boundary dispute with La Cote d’Ivoire.
He said the country was grateful to the men and women who were entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that Ghana’s maritime resources, especially its oil fields, were preserved.
“You have helped guarantee not only the possibilities of development, progress and prosperity of our country, but also that of successive generations of Ghanaians yet unborn, who will be beneficiaries of the revenues, hopefully, to be accrued from the commercial exploitation of our maritime resources and potentials,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo paid glowing tribute to his predecessors, commending the “farsighted” leadership of former President Jerry John Rawlings that led to the establishment of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).
He said the GNPC that was set up to be a strategic commercial vehicle to help accelerate the pace for the exploration of oil and gas, and under the leadership of Tsatsu Tsikata, played a pioneering role in gathering, analysing and interpreting data for oil and gas exploration, and beginning to attract other companies to participate in the exploration.
“It was under the leadership of my former boss, the former President of the Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, that GNPC was restructured to ensure that it focused on its core activity of exploration, and the promotion of the oil and gas potential of the country,” President Akufo-Addo said.