February 25, 2011

The Western Regional House of Chiefs have expressed their utmost disappointment at Parliament’s refusal to commit 10% of revenue from the Jubilee Oil Fields to the development of the region.

The House on Wednesday, February 23, led by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, threw out a proposed amendment that would have devoted 10 percent of oil revenue from the Jubilee Oil Fields to the development of the Western Region.

President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Awulai Atibrukusu III told Citi News that the chiefs are surprised at the verdict by the nation’s parliamentarians.

“We are so disappointed and surprised because the 10% that we are demanding for is not for him (Doe Adjaho), the people of the Western region or for the chiefs of the Western Region. All that we are demanding is that the ten percent should be lodged in the Western corridor so that it would be used for development in the Region”.

“Looking at the way things are going on, we can say that Western Region is the engine of Ghana…all that we are saying is that the people of the Western have been sidelined. Looking at development processes and others the people of the Western Region have no place to stand”.

Awulai Atibrukusu added that the Chiefs are however yet to pronounce on the legislature’s stance and determine their next line of action.

“It is now that Nananom are going to meet so as to take a collective decision”.