December 15th, 2010
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So Ghana has joined the club of oil producing nations. The taps have been turned on at the offshore Jubilee field.

So what does this mean for Ghana? How will ordinary Ghanaians benefit from this resource windfall?

The first concern that should be addressed is the perception that suddenly the country will become flush with petrodollars. Importantly, expectations must be managed. As those citizens in Nigeria or Angola know, the oil money often doesn't trickle down to the people.

Firstly, Ghanaians have to not think that oil will magically create more jobs, or make people richer. Secondly, civil society has to be tough on government and ensure they constantly monitor how proceeds are being spent.

Also, Ghanaians need to quickly implement legislation to govern the administration of this new industry; hopefully these laws will be passed soon. An independent regulator is also needed to oversee the sector.

Luckily, Ghana has a relatively diversified economy compared to other oil-rich African nations. ­The country earns foreign currency from gold and cocoa. This alone makes it more likely to avoid the mistakes of places like Nigeria, where oil revenue accounts for approximately 92% of the GDP, or Angola, which is just about entirely reliant on oil proceeds.

However, the numbers are staggering. ­The Jubilee fields are some of the richest and largest oil deposits discovered in many years. In the long term, oil production is estimated to bring in $1 billion a year. This is a lot of responsibility, as well as a wonderful gift for Ghana.

So my questions: Is this oil discovery a blessing or a curse? Can Ghana avoid the mistakes of some other African countries where oil revenue is used to enrich the elites and not the ordinary people?



soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Aba

    Congrats to my home country and my fellow Ghanaians! Please lets remain smart and make the right choices. Ghana is a country that usually sets an example for all other African countries. A country to be proud of. Lets stay that way

    December 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  2. hanny aka school boy(artist)

    how I wich ghanaian government will sponsord me, I would have drop a track from my album which is yet to be out.title (ghana our home)I'm nigerian residing in ghana co's I LOVE ghana,solo nigerian artist reside in accra ghana I'm too much happy for ghana.new discovering,respect to president JOHN ATTA MILLS.

    December 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  3. JAKE

    Ghanaians should look at Nigeria as an example of how petroleum extraction can generate political corruption, exploitation of local populations, degradation of fragile environments, and economic inequality. The revelation that Ghana is already proceeding with oil production before having an effective regulatory structure in place indicates that, once again, the cart is before the horse.

    The government should curtail production until it has completed a thorough and objective analysis of the potential economic, social, and environmental impacts of full-scale production, including the extent to which this new source of fossil fuel will add to our planetary burden of carbon emissions and global warming.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:48 am |
  4. Marcel

    Its a first step in helping the africans on being not the pit of the world anymore. Great courage. Strong hope. Big and great discovery. I have mostly consider a strugle to overcome the prejugdement of people. Many leis have been told in order to benefid form the riches of this continent. Many wars has been funded. Many lives has been wasted on money. The origanel Grace atheum was about a African women. People stole it by race. Believing God in Jesus was on there side. From the book of love they tought they never could fall out of Grace. Madonna was one of the few women that thought that the real man of god on earth could be colord. They Dammed her. Nou most people started to believe that her profetics words could be right.

    December 16, 2010 at 4:05 am |
  5. business directory

    Strong hope for the country people.

    Thank's for this post..

    December 16, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  6. Kwabena Frimpong

    Its important to understand this oil discovery will in no way change the lives of Ghanains. why do i say this? Think about it, Ghana has a lot of natural resources gold,cocoa,diamond , timbre and so forth. What have we been able to achieve with these. charity they say begins at home. So far our beginings has been nothing to write home about. The late Dr. Nrumah I can trust to do wonders with this natural resource and maybe the former president John Kuffour.If we are waiting for our leaders to implement policies that will allow us benefit from this resource, it will never come. Unless God himself comes down directly to supervise them. We have a lot of potential to do great things with this oil discovery. Lets not blow this one. A humble plee from a humble citizen.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  7. Lloyd

    It is a joyous day for us in Ghana, but I wonder how long this joy will last. In a nation almost polarized with a lot of political banter and irresponsible politicking, if care is not taken things will just spiral out of control, and we will end up just like the other African oil rich nations, hopeless and broke. I hope that the incumbent government and whoever succeeds after the 2012 polls do the right thing. Develop the necessary infrastructure required to push the nation forward. I also hope that part of the funds will be invested into green energy and more sustainable forms of energy as this oil is going to last for only 30 years

    December 16, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  8. Jones Quarcoo

    great to hear that.i think whether its a curse or blessing depends on the nation,shareholders and the parties involved.if we all agree to a win win situation,it will turn out to be a blessing.let us believe it will become a blessing and work towards it

    December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  9. Stephen Klaber

    If they develop the oil slowly, and for their own use only, Oil can be a small blessing for a long time. If they develop it for sale, the money it brings in from the outside world will curse them. Adding money to an economy will poison it. Money competes with money. Existing efforts will be undermined as newly funded efforts steal their labor. New funding will always be insufficient to compete with itself. You replace the penniless poor with people(still poor) with lots of worthless money.
    Ghana (Uganda, Mozambique, Angola...): Develop your oil for your own needs, and not for a useless(to you) international market. Try to be the very last nation to run out of oil.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  10. Bimbo

    We always put the full responsibility on African governments.What about the multi-nationals who govern from abroad?

    What about the World Bank and IMF with their manipulative,kleptocratic manner of dealing with Africa?

    Hold them accountable.Organize demonstrations against them.They don't want you to be happy as Africans.

    The moment you understand that,then you will get it why our governments are struggling.

    December 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  11. Tara

    The exploration, discovering and exploitation of oil in many countries of the world have been sources of curse as well as blessing to the coutries concerned.
    However, with ghana joining the league of oil producing countries at this point in time, its expected that the country especially the people in authority should learn from the mistakes of those before them.
    Ghana should at this early stage study what had happened in the old oil countries and the state of the nations to choose for themselves the path to tow.
    Taking a good look at its neighbour, nigeria on how oil discovery had affected the state of the nation, especially in the areas of corrption, the goverment and people of ghana should be alert, watch out for and reject oil mongers that strive to enrich the few and impoverish the majority of the masses.
    Ghana has been rated low on corruption and should not let oil disovery to change that.
    We wish ghana well in this discovery especially as the tap had been turned on and running and sincerely hope that ghana's oil discovery in all its pros and cons will turn out to be a blessing to the nation and entire africa.

    Cheers

    December 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  12. Christo

    it's defenitly a curse Ghana is just going to be another one of the many african country's that export oil but never see a improvment,all of the profits made from the industry will bypass the local people on the ground and go straight into the pockets of the senior government officails,good luck ghana

    December 18, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  13. re-christo

    this is a direct response to Christo...I totally disagree with him. Whatever a man sayest so he thinkest....Say positive things about Ghana and it will definately come to pass. We celebrated our 50th birthday and God in his wisdom gave us Oil. This was his blessings to us and we will indeed be the first again to make the oil benefit the nation and will be a talking point around the world. WATCH IT AND MARK IT. It will surely come to pass. God bless our homeland Ghana and make our Leaders bold and strong.

    December 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  14. Manuel Vilhena

    I do hope that the wealth created by oil could be spread by the whole Ghana.

    Manuel Vilhena

    December 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  15. john

    i am happy for ghana oil discovery but please it wont change the lives of all citizen, this is when corruption would set it, take a queue from nigeria, angola, serria lone, liberia which have good natural resourse but citizen are suffering. secondly your population is so small compare to nigeria of over 150 million where the people who make money and are not in anyway connect to the oil production. my prayers is that corruption doesnt set it fast. congrates again

    December 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  16. loveafrica

    I really wish Ghana could abandon the oil exploration project completely for another 50 years or so, they have a well diversified economy, why not develop that more, look at Uganda, Museveni does not want to quit either president for life, why not wait for Ghana to become an even stronger nation then they should thing of oil exploration.

    The major nations thirsty for oil are US and China, both of which are bully nations, and Ghana if you're not strong enough to stand up to them you shall be finished.

    December 19, 2010 at 12:07 am |
  17. Samuka

    As for me, I'm highly confidence in the Ghanian people that they will make the best out of this opportunity. In every country on the surface of this earth, the elites will always try to take advantage of such a opportunity in order to enrich theirselves. But haven live in these people country and see how they conduct theirselves, I'm very hopeful of the best.

    December 19, 2010 at 1:14 am |
  18. mary williams -vicenza-italy

    the bible says in every thing give thanks to god, so i think all ghanaian ,s should give thanks to god because he only know what he is doing to me is a blessing to the nation ghana ,god bless our home land ghana and may he make our nation great and strong. and i sieze this opportunity to wish all ghanaians home and abroad a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

    December 19, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  19. francis kwadwo takyi junior

    i hope ghana is going to make a good use of the petrol money.like it was stated,this hasn't been the first resources that has been fearching the nation foreighn currency.there has been some other resources like cocoa,gold,timber,megnesse,bauxite and etc.but yet the nation has being trying their best to make sure somethings are done for the people.besides,the nation is blessed with one language(twi) that brings the people together as one family apart from the english language.ghanaians as well have the fear of fighting a brother.it's a god fearing country and also one of the most peaceful countryies in the world.the people are love and kind to every one.especially to a foreighner,and are treated with respect.not only petrol,gold is now dominated in other new areas that are uncountable.

    December 19, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  20. ahmed

    i hope the government of Ghana will use the fund from the discovery of oil to improve the standard of living of its citizen and its should also learn from the mistake of Nigeria.further they should see the oil as a general property of all Ghanaian be it north or south,east or west,they should not emulate the spirit of its our oil because its was found in our region.i pray the discovery of oil should be a blessing to the entire people of Ghana(amen)

    December 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  21. Pius

    I think Ghana can do just fine. Ghana has pulled through very tight elections and it's fast emerging as a giant in Africa in terms of democracy and rule of law. State Institutions are being strengthened every now and then which is a big plus. Ghana is just different and everything will be just fine. I'm that confident.

    December 20, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  22. Gregory Ankrah

    i hope the people in the oil region are going to benefit this oil..
    it should not be Freedom with poverty that why oil with Poverty because it our masters who are taking in charge and we getting 10% see the point am coming from..

    December 20, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  23. Malik Eshun

    we all hope this will be a blesssing for the nation so that we will be role models for other countries who have or are yet to discover oil in their countries. God bless mother GHANA.....

    December 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  24. Bethel

    I strongly believe that Ghanaians will learn from the mistakes of Nigeria and Angola amongst others to use the oil money well. But lets face facts it will definitely make political offices more attractive thereby bringing people with sole aim to make money into politics. Ghana have started the bad journey towards corruption. But i am certain that the people of Ghana will fight to reduce it. that will be the only different with Nigeria and Angola. I wish them luck.

    December 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  25. Ed Makauvich

    I am a Kenyan who has always been proud of Ghana.My advice to the government of Ghana would be to use the oil Money to Build more schools and to also invest heavily in research Because it has been proven that an educated society achieves growth very fast and research helps to come up with home grown solution to local problems.If they improve higher education by investing massively in Instituions of higher learning Ghana will need only a decade to leave the bracket of pooor countries that characterises African country of course not Forgetting to Improve her Infrastructure.All the best the black star of Africa

    December 20, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  26. Samuel Pratt

    God has blessed Ghana a long time ago. I pray the people Ghana do some serious soul searching, begining with their past, their current, and the future road to success in the World. However, the facts still remain to be resolved for the whole of Africa, and that is TOTAL AFRICAN EMANCIPATION to an equal world level, by TOTAL AFRICAN UNIFICATION.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:28 am |
  27. Ada

    I hope Ghana can well used the oil to enrich his people to benefit all the people so that i think all the people will be more united and the country will be stronger .

    December 21, 2010 at 3:13 am |
  28. prince amakye

    this oil cant slove ghana ecomini problems unless our leaders
    change the way the think and stop selfishness greedy etc and
    implement good policy that will benefit the entire country. they
    should also stop banking outside the country................

    December 21, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  29. Emmanuel Hammond

    Ghana Ghana is said to be the Gateway of Africa and truly an Africa Proudest Nation.All i wish is that she uses her peaceful atmosphere to surround the Oil that was discovered here in our land so that the good people of Ghana enjoys the Benefit of this wealthy Resource and share the Nation cake equally.
    Revenues generated must be used to develop the Nation to become an Industrial Tool for the Nation and open new companies for the people of Ghana this will reduce the Urban movement to the City.
    Though is not going to be an easy Task well for sure things will be mishandled but is left to the Strong forces to maintain Stability.
    Environment factor must be a strong discipline to maintain the Eco-system of Ghana as well.

    December 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  30. Austin

    It is a blessing which will enrich the lives of Ghanaians should the government of Atta Mills put their thinking caps and properly plan for the future without any hurry. It beats me why drilling operations was not delayed a bit to allow time for propper planning using Nigeria as a template.

    It will be a curse if the government do not urgently address the following areas: revenue sharing plan (10% revenue allocation agitation by oil producing communities has already started rearing its urgly heads), comprehensive indegenous capacity building program to groom local oil and gas sector skills, empowerment of indegenous oil sector entrepreneurs, plans to ensure that the economy remain diversified (other sectors are not neglected), effective environmental protection and remediation plan.

    The government of the day is in a hurry to drill without recourse to wider implications which maybe a sign of confusion and eventually corruption in the sector may rear its head and create the same scenario as is being experienced in Nigeria.

    See my article on the same subject:

    http://osakiworld.blogspot.com/2010/12/ghana-and-oil-has-any-lesson-been.html

    December 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Issa Zakari

    Great country i hope this oil discovery will help us to be back on our feet

    December 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  32. Ray

    I hope Ghana put some tough immigration law in place otherwise criminals from other nations in Africa will come and change the way you live. Example: Nigerians in Ghana have too much freedom..and soon Liberians will be there too...( I am not discriminating) war criminals and Gangs have no conscience... they bring destruction with them.
    Oil always bring all sort of issue with it.

    I also hope they put in place corruption laws.
    GHANA BE VIGILANT!

    December 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  33. abdul

    God bless Ghana

    December 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  34. Shadrack Arhin

    As a Ghanaian living in Ghana, my worry is that other resources have not benefitted the country as they should, and our laws do not sway me towards believing that corruption can be minimised in the oil industry. I urge fello Ghanaians to consider carefully whether we have been able to deal with corruption in our public sector, and what has happened to all the money that has been generated from other resources. The countries that have managed their oil finds well are those which generally enforce their laws especially on corruption. I am afraid my hope level is very low.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  35. Dr. Gerald Bates

    Congratulations to the Ghanian people. This gift can be a blessing if managed properly. I think that if Ghana will use the example of Botswana it can achieve much for its people and economy. Shortly after independence Diamonds were discovered in Botswana and this blessing has given that country one of the highest standards of living in Africa. The income was used to vastly improve the infrastructure by building roads and encouraging economic development, especially tourism. Additionally, education and health care was made available to all free of charge. Ghana doesn't need to create a new wheel just use the information available.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  36. Easy to predict

    It is definitely good to be optimistic but we just have to be realistic here. Straight to the question, this IS a blessing IF the discovery was made in a country where people respect the law and are not so greedy and corrupted. This is definitely not Ghana's case though. It's all going to be wasted, wait and see...

    December 22, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  37. Samuel Mensah

    Ghana is truly loved by God but to my country men lets us not make God regret this love. One day at a time.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  38. Siyincaba

    I think Ghana is on the right track based on getting the Oil business going for the next 10-20yrs. Ghana Gov is smart and always think for its people first either than nigeria where you find too much corrupt nigerian gov officials. Who ever is helping Ghana to get the oil will support Ghana so far as Ghana does'nt get one of those Ghanian bad leaders that will compromise his own citizens with the Oil business. Remember that the middle East don't like to see an African country having to produce Oil because this is seen as less profits for them in the Oil markets. Thats when the war erupts the ARABS bribing their way in Africa to work with a corrupt African leader so as to steer issues and let the ARAB world being the only source of oil.

    I think this Oil Ghana project has been a success for now after all the SUDIA and Egyptian presidents are old now and the oil game is getting better so far as Ghana makes the call. I hope that Ghanians spend this oil money in helping ghanians to create more better Ghanian leaders that will make sure that the oil business does'nt bring in conflict in ghana. We have seen it all about the OIL business its rough and not good but with great Ghanian leaders they can help identify issues surrounding the oil business and deal with it appropriatly before it even gets to conflicts later on..

    Good luck Ghana with the oil exploration and hopefully you become environmentaly friendly and help save the planet in gettingthe oil wisely, using oil products wisely, and out of all safety majors in protecting all oil reserves as we all know that a few greedy idiots are waiting for a score later on. Protect all oli reserves, and impliment laws that will safeguard the oil businesses, the citizens of ghana, Gov to ensure that Ghana does'nt become a target just like what is happening in Nigeria, Sudan and other unexplored oil resource African countries.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  39. ARIOLU CHARLES.C.

    Ghana's case might be very different from the rest of African oil producers if, unlike Nigeria, she refuses to be cajoled into exporting the crude while importing the finished product. a huge investment in building of refineries is absolutely necessary now.

    December 23, 2010 at 3:41 am |
  40. Ken

    Africans have a lot of natural resources, however, their discovery and utilization are the problem. Ghana should learn a lot from its sister country like Nigeria. The leaders of the country should not attach political inclination to the production of oil but should bring their heads together to come out with the best policies that may help the entire populace. additionally, bulk storage plants should be installed to store a lot for the future generation.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:44 am |
  41. Deepak

    I am also from a third world country India. The main thing that has to be maintained is the progress of the nation the citizens. If the corruption and bureaucracy is won then only Ghana can make use of this valuable gift for its future generations development.
    Otherwise the story will remain the same as it is with lots of developing nations.
    Every year lots of foreign aids pour in and same reaches the hands of the elites. Gone by CWG in India was an example of how corruption robs the money that has to be spent for eradication of poverty, illiteracy and aids.
    It's also in the hands of the western world to flow money in the right hands.

    December 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  42. Micahlord

    Curse or blessing...the choice is man's. There is a reason this is happening now. God indeed Has A Nation Ahead!

    December 23, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  43. flow

    Ghana!, Ghana!, Ghana!, what a bless nation, God has answer the prays of the Ghanains & it's left with them now to make the right & best decision that will take the country to the next level where her citizen will not continue to live in proverty. I know the Ghanains are smart people and they love their country.Bravo!, Bravo!, Ghanians i love you.

    December 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  44. Bemused from Eritrea

    Wether it is oil or cocoa are national property.I believe long before excavating and make it a finished product rule and regulation has to be solidfied well before anykind.As i read most comment on the page well wishers and good advisor mainly Ghanian and others are plenty.Me to i wish you all the best.

    On the other hand leaving aside this oil news if i ask in regard other Ghanian national treasury how well are distributed among the Ghanian citizen ?
    I dont know but you guys that leave and breath Ghana know well .
    AS long you are satisfied with the previous output surely you will be know.But as an outsider i have mix report from my Ghanian friends Amanuel and Mercy

    December 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  45. K. Ashi

    This is definitely a blessing. Ghanaians are level headed people and I trust they'd fare better in terms of management. However the issue of curruption need not be overlooked. Africans in General are known to become monsters when it comes to money and power. These evil go together and, sometimes, a blessing as this turns people on each other. I should hope that Ghana have learnt a lot from existing oil producers in the region and start from begining doing it right. Pollution should be the number one priority. If the people are healthy and things are done right, we all benefit.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:10 am |
  46. Melka from ethiopia

    Ghana is one of the real democratic country and role model to Africans.
    Dear editor be sure that the oil will never be a curse to Ghana. they will manage it appropriately be prosperous like the west and some Arab countries. Why would you think it a curse in the first place. please change the way you perceive Africa and Africans

    December 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  47. Melka from ethiopia

    Ghana is one of the real democratic country and role model to Africans.
    Dear editor be sure that the oil will never be a curse to Ghana. they will manage it appropriately and be prosperous like the west and some Arab countries. Why would you think it a curse in the first place? Please change the way you perceive Africa and Africans

    December 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  48. Agonsi benjamin

    Am a Nigerian, am happy for my fellow W.african country[Ghana], but they have to learn from our mistakes. Our oil has cause more harm than good especially to the ordinary citizines. please dont rejoice yet!

    December 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  49. Abdulwahab

    Am a Nigerian, this will never be a cause for the Ghana people Insha Allah. In Nigeria case we don't like honest God fearing Leader and most of us Nigeria don't like change. From me, I wish all Africa Citizines the best and say no to corruption.

    December 25, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  50. Kweku Egyir

    Ghana has the unique opportunity to get itself out of the spiral of debt as it can now further diversify its economy. The petrodollars, if managed well, can provide the necessary finances to bring much needed improvements to infrastructure and education. An effective way of spreading wealth and securing long term growth. The oil itself will not be sufficient without the creation of other income streams of foreign currency. This should include finding more trade partners.

    For a relatively stable country it can also start looking at supporting a tourist industry that has the capacity to grow much bigger than it currently is. Growth there, can in turn have a multiplier effect on many other industries provided that the government encourages entrepreneurial endeavour. Meanwhile the government should place strict controls on banks before they even start their gambling activities..

    Ghana has an amazing pool of human resources available from both inside the country and abroad. It can reverse the brain drain that has happened for over a century and at the same time encourage wealth to remain in the country, All in all good reasons to be optimistic provided that black gold fever does not paralyse the country. Though some thirty-forty years behind schedule, Ghana can finally fulfil its potential. Or is this all just a pipe dream?

    December 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  51. Isaac Ogoe

    I believe in the leadership of the incumbent president to ensure that the oil proceeds are used for the benefits of all Ghanaians, not only the elites as we see around us in some countries. The Opposition is also there to keep the government on track for Ghana to prosper thus I am very optimistic about our oil economy.

    December 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  52. Tunde Oyegbami

    The same old classic story. This is going to be another 'Nigeria' case. The Europeans will get the wealth they need, ordinary Ghanaian's lives will not change. When the Europeans are done, they will piss all over the country. As long as it's Shell, ExxonMobile that are at the helm of it all, Ghanains should not be decived that they will benefit, except of course the officials who will collect bribes and kickbacks.

    December 26, 2010 at 2:59 am |
  53. herkanlayjoseph

    Well, i hope ghana make good use of this new blessing GOD as endowed on them. And i hope they got to learn from nigeria not to let oil money lead them to bondage through politics. Wish Ghana good luck.

    December 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  54. Sayela

    Ghana's current leadership headed by President Atta Mills gives me a lot of hope that the oil revenues will be used judiciously to develop the nation. The active role of the media, the opposition, religious bodies and the vigilant people of Ghana will also put the sitting government on its toes to use the revenues wisely for economic development. May God bless our dear nation Ghana.

    December 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  55. Dr Obafemi G. Onasanya

    Ghana's Oil Discovery: I strongly believe that the oil discovery is a Divine Blessing rom the Most High, Ever Merciful and Everlasting Maharaj Ji the Creator to Ghana and Ghanians. I can only pray that the Government and People of Ghana harness this natural resouces to the betterment of all Ghanaians and their neighbours alike. More wisdom to their Souls as they explore this oil and channel the destiny of Ghana. - Premie Dr Obafemi G. Onasanya

    December 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  56. Dr Obafemi G. Onasanya

    Ghana's Oil Discovery: I strongly believe that the oil discovery is a Divine Blessing from the Most High, Ever Merciful and Everlasting Maharaj Ji the Creator, Oba Ajalaye Ajalorun to Ghana and Ghanians. I can only pray that the Government and People of Ghana harness this natural resources to the betterment of all Ghanaians and their neighbours alike. More wisdom to their Souls as they explore this oil and channel the destiny of Ghana. – Premie Dr Obafemi G. Onasanya, P.O.Box 1911, IJEBU-ODE, Ogun State, Nigeria (DSA) tel:+234 (0) 805 698 4852.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  57. Phoebe

    Keep it up and in new wonderful year .

    December 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  58. Teiko

    Great news...not really. The revenues from the oil doesn't really belong to Ghana. The government has already borrowed heavily from other countries against those revenues, so in fact Ghana is only going to be producing oil to pay off its debts, and then form queues for fuel. Apparently they haven't learned anything from exhibit A – Nigeria.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  59. Ebony

    I thank God , Ghana has a President (Professor John Evans Atta Mills) who is not a kleptomaniac, a womaniser and a drunkard.a president wo will raise the whip on his own children and that of others should they fall foul with the law.

    Th President will not condone corruption. So at least we know the tough Atta Mills will ensure that Posterity will benefit .

    My question is, after this man what will happen to the oil money?

    December 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  60. Edward Sevume

    Finding new resources has been the problem in Africa and not a solution! There are many examples on the continent!

    December 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  61. omegaguy

    Congrats to all Ghana citizens and friends. This is a blessing but we must pray that it is not a curse in disguise. Our Creator, Jesus Christ, has blessed our Africa nations with things undiscovered. Poverty is only present when the mind is in poverty.

    December 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  62. obed

    Of course the discovery of oil is a blessing. I think it's a misplaced question to ask whether Ghana's oil will be a blessing or not. Of all people in the world it's only the ability of Africans to manage that is always put in doubt. Unfortunately, Africans have always fallen for this myopic way of seeing themselves that it's become something like "I told you so." Congrats Ghana. The oil is a blessing and let no one make you think otherwise. You'll have challenges like other nations but it'll not be because the oil is a curse.

    December 29, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  63. Stinga

    God shall forever bless our Nation Ghana.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  64. Stinga

    God bless our nation Ghana.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  65. naijaG

    I believe Ghanaians will be more sensible than NIgerians in managing this new resource because they survived the periods of corruption in the early 80's and transformed their economy without the sustenance of oil wealth. I hope the current political stability will continue even with the oil to prove to western countries that something sustenable can be found in subsaharan Africa.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  66. kwablah

    i am very happy for my country especially under our strong president,ghana will never go through anything like nigeria.that country is never good for any example on this planet.they have abuse by their leaders from independence till now and i deeply sympathise with its people.ghana in kwame nkrumah has seen soo many quality leaders except that thief kufour.we will definately survive those horrible countries russia and co

    December 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  67. Kalyan

    Ghana needs to learn from Norway – and not from any other nation – on how to legislate to protect the national wealth it has now found in Offshore Oil fields.

    That alone will keep all those who are/who will be in power, in check – and ensure proper end-use of the new wealth.

    Needless to add, such proper use of this potential wealth will perpetuate a virtuous-cycle of economic benefits all around, bring peace and health to the Ghanian society.

    I wish and pray that it happens.

    December 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  68. Dauda Tunde

    Ghana's Oil Discovery serves as a blessing to the people and Goverment of Ghana.
    But all i belive is the organization and management of the resources for the betterment of the country. Ghanan Goverment should put in place strong development policies implimentation in order not to be only producer of crude oil but also a beneficial from oil proceeds.
    I personally thank God for His Mercy on African Countries and Ghana in particular.

    Dauda Tunde
    Lagos Nigeria.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  69. Kelechi

    Well, you all have said well, Ghana's oil COURSE OR BLESSING, but i believe by the special grace of almighty God Ghana will make great difference. As i always said, the major problem facing all African Countries is just corruption, keep this aside every Country in Africa will be like Europe, USA etc. i have no single doubt about Ghana's resources management, and i know very well that i will manage it properly to impact lives, and for the benefit of all. Nigeria good people great nation will soon be a better place to live in, with the good work of president Goodluck Jonathan as the present leader there is hope for all. To God be the glory forever.
    Kelechi Ogbonna writes.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  70. tatti

    GHANA NIGERIA, all the same....you can't tell them apart. My point is GHANA will be worst than NIGERIA with over 150millions, surviving on so many things apart from OIL. Since Ghana has less citizen, they will be like a child pampared and spoilt. So my advise is...Go to school, diversify and every other thing will follow

    December 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  71. Dennis

    I have set here and read some of the comments about the discovery of oil Ghana and how Ghana is such a wonderful place and that the corruption is limited. Well there is just as much corruption in Ghana as in Nigeria and the oil discovery has nothing to do with it, it was already there in the government as well as the people
    so believe what you want. There are good people in Ghana I met some when I was there but there are a lot of theives liers that want to rob and steal from who ever they can and the oil is just going to make the thievesmore greedy.

    January 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  72. KWAA

    If there is any country in Subsaharan Africa which can manage this oil wealth,then it is Ghana.Ghana has been through a lot of trying times politically,but through the peaceful and wisdom of the people,Ghana has been spared all the atrocities and wars,which is rampant in Africa.
    Ghanaians are very smart,the press is lively and for an African Country very free.So i think with the watchful eyes of Ghanaians,Ghana will once again lead Africa out of poverty.As they did for Independence.

    January 2, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  73. Stephen,uk

    Well,the truth is bitter.Ghana Oil is too smale for there dreams.55 thousand barrel a day,to be honest NOT enough for development plans for Ghanaians government and it's dreams.The earlier the government tell there people the truths;better for them.Saidi,Iran,Iraq are on 8 to 10 million barrel per day while Nigeria is 2.5million barrel per day.Besides Nigeria is bigger than this countries with exploit of 10 barrel a day in size and in population.There is oil in Cameroon but the same level with Ghana,not ENOUGH for anything.But this little oil in Ghana will take the same part of GOLD AND COCOA.

    January 2, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  74. bernard

    ghana is one of the safest countries i have visited around the world. its people are very friendly and very educated. 3 in 5 people in this country can read , count and write well grammatically correct sentences which even in the west is hard to find these days. this country has got the basis right. they have the basics in place. water, food and medications are in plenty. they have love for each other. they have respect for each other and most importantly they care for each other. they are very family orientated and watches each others back. ghana to me was a country in west africa that behaved nothing like their counterparts. freedom is as free as any western country if not even more free. they are God fearing people and that is why they remain humble and firm on the ground. yes they are not they yet but beleive me this country has started their econimical growth and i dont think the find of the oil will stop this. they are too a family to lose focus. they will do well and many other african nations may take example of them. this country dont have a well coordinated police system like those we have in the west but crime is so low here compared to those of some of the western nations. God love this nation and he was just waiting for the right time to intervien. he was waiting to see if they can cope with each other first and they have prove to God that they are well capable other wise it wouldnt have been located yet. i wish this nation all the best and to any body reading this you have to visit this wonderful nation. they are like no other people on this planet. they are gracful and lovely. keep your grounds ghana and you will do just fine. corruption happens every where but in most country in africa there is no freedom of speech to face the corrupters but ghana has highly active media freedom and so is freedom of speech to the people. they have all the right we in the west have freedome towards and that is why i find this nation so facinating. no wonder why obama had to visit this nation before even his own. they are like a country like no other. well done ghanians. be proud and god bless

    January 4, 2011 at 4:32 am |
  75. Paul-Miki Akpablie

    Being a student, I receive the recent oil discovery in my country with mixed feelings. Most of the oil-rich countries in Africa are war torn and is partly due to the fact that there are sections of people who do not trust the governments with regards to management of the oil revenue and also most oil rich countries depend all their GDP on the oil and this leads to most of them still lacking behind in terms of development. Recently i heard that a section of chiefs in the area the oil was discovered were demanding 10% of the revenue for the development of their area which does not augur well for development since the oil is the whole countries resource and not for only one area. But all this not withstanding I am optimistic that the oil will go a long way to improve the lives of the ordinary Ghanaians and will help improve the education sector as well as the health sector since these sectors are the priorities for the development of Ghana. God bless our homeland Ghana.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  76. okeyjazz

    I thank God for this great gift to Ghana and I am hope that greed and selfishness will not stop the people involved to do the right thing for the country if they love her. Having said, the few evil ones in charge still rum the bright future of the mass as much of the proceeds will be diverted to the private account over seas. There will be no doubt in my mind that some of the criminals around the world who call themselves oil tycoon dealers had already working their way on how to bribe the officials. Money is the root of all evil not only in African but in the whole world. For an example, there are thousands of corrupt politician sitting in jails across the world including in the United State.
    Remember the bonuses to the oil executives and the cost of production. It is like winning $1M lottery where at the end, the winner goes home with $100,000 after taxes and other fees.
    It so easy for every one to say that Ghana will make billions from this oil productions but most people forget that the oil companies pocket 80% of the proceed as profit and from the 20% that is left, they deduct the operating expenses and at the very end, the country end up with about 5% of the whole deal and out of the 5%, only God knows how much went into the public account.
    I have a simple question for the oil companies, out of the whole oil proceeds, what is your %?

    January 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  77. Gregory

    Oil discovery is coming at the right time in Ghana's history, they have come up from a not-so-distant dis-franchised economy to one of Africa's leading examples in economic growth and political stability. This is just the icing on the cake. looking at the trend in ethnic/religious violence in West Africa; Ghana looks to have a clean slate. Politics is not as grim as in other African countries and the population density makes for a much more larger impact when revenues from crude sales and channeled to the right areas necessary for improved economic and social development. I sincerely doubt Ghana will go the way of her neighbor, (the Sleeping Troll of Africa) Nigeria

    January 7, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  78. kwabena achampong

    i hope the oil discovery is a blessing.
    Discovering oil is not a bad omen but how to manage it.
    I am a Ghanaian working in Nigeria in an oil service company.
    Before oil, Ghana lived so without it Ghana will still be alive.

    It is a plus plus to have oil and we MUST not let it benefit any individual or group of people as Gold, cocoa, the quarry, the ocean ,the millet did not.
    it will be worse than Nigeria if that kind of politics is going to be played.

    WORD TO THE WISE IN ENOUGH, GHANA.

    January 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  79. collins obeng

    The oil is a blessing from God to lift us from the hardship.Ghana has always been a loving nation ana the hope of Africa.We hope our leaders do not take advantage of the oil but rather use the proceeds to better the lives of Ghanaians and development of the nation. Ghanaians shoudn't allow this oil issue to bring misunderstanding among them but should rather continue to live in peace no matter what.Our leaders should also ensure efficient distribution of the oil proceeds and not bring politics in this.
    The oil discovery will become a blessing or curse depending on how we go about it as a nation.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  80. Sheriff Yusiff

    Hope Ghana will be vise versa of Nigeria.I am very happy for my country Ghana and lets all pray and hope for Goods things from the oil production in Ghana

    January 9, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  81. goja ekpo

    OIL OR NO OIL THERE ARE TWO NATURAL ASSUNDERS THA HAS DIVIDED NIGERIA INTO THREE THUS RIVER NIGER AND BENUE . TO BE ABLE TO SHARE NIGERIA WHEALTH EVENLY IT MUST BE DIVIDED INTO THREE NATIONS . SUDAN CASE IS A WRITING ON THE WALL.OTHER WISE NO BODY CAN AND HAS EVER RULE NOR GOVEVERN NIGERIA , NOT EVEN THE MILITARY .
    ITS A TIME BOMB.LETS WATCH OUT

    January 9, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  82. Oil money missing, another disaster

    Ghana Oil producing nation! does it mean that the citizens of ghana will get £30,000 a year/each if they choose to work or not ?

    Nigerians are suffering, Presidency is turned to royalty in Africa with the help of people like Margaret Thacher, Regan. I am very upset! The west will soon be ghana's ally adn then de value their money again so that they can drain ghana's oil for ££££$$$$peanut like they did to Nigeria, just to clear of ghana's debt.

    African leaders should think and make decisions that will benefit the people of africa not their family and the western criminals that supply africa with arms to fight against each other. One of greatest africa's problem is "GREED" me and my family* there can't be any changes until the leaders change this bizarre mentality of theirs.

    January 9, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  83. stella

    wat can i say....its d lord's doing,it is mavelous in our site... Though im a nigerian,i believe wen a course is given to one n it was not done n carried out in d right way n properly,its goin to b given to another who can appreciate it more....i wont b surprise if nigeria oil well dries off...thev mised use dier opportunity,only d mercies n grace of the lord on nigeria can bring her back to her feet......on the contrary ,i wish ghana bests of luck as they r being favoured from God. An advice,pls dont thread in d path nigeria thread..money is d root of all evil esp oil'money... Africa my Africa.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  84. chima

    please leave nigeria out of this and face the ghananians that discover the oil thanks chic

    January 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  85. THOMAS ARYEE

    HOW ARE WE THE PEOPLE OF GHANA GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THE OIL DISCOVERY ... IT WILL NOT BE A SURPRISE THAT THE PEOPLE IN GHANA WILL STILL SURFER, WHEN WE HAVE AN INGREDIENT THAT CAN BRING MONEY INTO THE COUNTRY. THE REASON IS THAT GHANA IS CORRUPTED COUNTRY AND BEFORE WE CAN GO ON WE MUST STOP BRIBERY AND CORRUTION......

    January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  86. africaunite

    IF THERE WAS ANY WAY TO ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP OIL EXPLORATION I WOULD DO IT, THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT, A FEW MORE DECADES THEN IT MIGHT MAKE SENSE, NOW IS TOO SOON, I ALREADY FEEL SORRY FOR UG

    January 14, 2011 at 2:42 am |
  87. Joe

    My fellow Ghanians, it all sounds good like Ghana is going to be a rich nation but I for one have a lot of doubts about the oil revenue trickling down to help the nation. If people know how the contracts for drilling were awarded and who got the rights , we will all be very doubtful. I'm afraid when people find out which Ghanians are behind the contracts that have been awarded to so called western companies you'll realise that we are likely to go down the Nigerian way. Fill the pockets of the politically well connected

    January 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  88. Pro-active

    Great news and congratulations to Ghana. The leadership just has to make the right decisions and not allow greed and corruption to blind their judgement on the big picture. What tends to happen is that the agrarian nature of a society that discovers oil changes rapidly because there is a sudden rush for the golden fleece and agriculture suffers. Emphasis must also be placed on environmental health and safety issues to protect communities and aquatic life. The report is incorrect as Nigeria before the discovery of oil used to be an agrarian society with export trade of cocoa, cotton, palm oil, sugar etc as well as other minerals bauxite etc and all that changed with Oil production. Ghana needs to learn from the mistakes of other Oil producing nations in Africa.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  89. Blake

    I've worked in the oil industry in Africa for years now and It's a sad fact, but absolutely true, the only people to benefit from Ghana's oil will be the corrupt politicians. No matter how much money is made through oil revenue, the condition of the country and the wealth of the common people will never change.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  90. ogodogo111 U S A.

    good and well being for the people of ghanians.
    as a matter of fact the goverment should make sure the money is used properly in a very positive way.
    never never being like the criminal in the country nigeria i was born before getting out to look for a better life.
    please kindly help those who are in need.
    let those cash go into education,health, infastructure, energy , development of the entire country of all area .
    finally please if any one go ino the habit of using the money for them self and family should be killed that is all.
    thank you as i wish you all the best to come alright.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  91. Mr. Tagoe

    God help GHANA, God help US!! We can't trust these leaders, we can't count on them.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  92. okeyjazz

    For those that have all the hopes on the politicians to do the right thing are deceiving themselves. Politicians are the same world wide and don't forget that majority of them are lawyers by profession. Who can give the actual numbers of Politicians behind bar in the United State which includes federal judges. You forgot that these politicians do not stand alone, some forces out of the open politics funded their political campaign for them to be elected and those forces have motive.
    Being elected is an opportunity of life time and these officials know it well, if you think that after they live office that they will line up for a job with you, think again. He is a good man because he hasn't been caught or because people refuse to see the light. No matter how the innocence, these people have Swiss accounts, relative over seas here and there through which they funnel the wealth. Most of these people do have mansions over seas under fictitious names. The president and his members will not set any guide line until they hide some of the proceeds in their over seas accounts and the moment their term in the office is over, they disappear with their family in a private jet to a foreign country and start living on their hidden wealth. If you still don't believe on the fact, tell me of any one of the leaders before the current ones that are on welfare or asking for a financial support including those that were forced out by coup. Wakeup and smell the coffee, these people are no mother Theresa

    January 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  93. ABUDUL RASHID ISSAKA

    i believe the dicovering of oil in ghana will be blessing when the leader consider the general interest of the people and the not their personal interest.Ghana economy for many years back has being unstable ,because the increment of petroleum shoot up the prices of goods and sevices.However it more blessing because alot arewilling to invest but production cost especially enegy is eating half of their profit and therefore discourage people from investing

    January 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  94. aboma germany

    it is a fact that ghana has dicoverde oil and that will relly be a boost to theh ghanain econmy but the big question , is that will the ordinary ghainan benefit from this?

    January 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  95. festus

    take your nonsense from Ghana...greedy western countries....what does that concern you?...since when did you start painting Africa white?....until you guys change and talk about the good of Africa to the rest of the world...some of us will never be pleased with your news about Africa....

    January 26, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  96. Horllaitan

    I pray that may God help Africa to grow.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  97. Eneji Sylvester Ugan

    Oil in Ghana, though a good thing has the tendency to make a people lazy , abandoning every other source of revenue. Ghana should not go the way of Nigeria who used to be self reliant in agriculture, but now import most of the food the country needs for sustenance. Their is also the issue of corruption. So my advice is that the right policies should be put in place for Ghana to really enjoy her God given wealth.

    January 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  98. Clarence Gilmer, II

    People in power use ignorance and apathy to control the poor and unknowing. I've been living in Ghana since the oil pumps turned on in December. I've worked with many schools across the region. The government of Ghana must put more money into the school system. With the discovery of oil and the potential for added wealth, the Ghanaian government has an opportunity to build and grow an already wonderful nation. Sadly the schools are underfunded and are in desperate need of financial and logistical support. Knowledge is power! Ghana's children is Ghana's future. The youth of Ghana could be more valuable then oil, gold and cocoa combined.

    February 3, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  99. jack sprinkauer

    Just taking a wild stab here.... a few rich guys in cahoots with the military and government will get all the money and not a damn bit of difference will result in the lives of the average ghanan....

    Just a wild guess

    February 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  100. tomhazy

    Ghana's oil found will surely be a bless.If the country without the oil has been able to reach this far,what predicts that she cannot improve upon its economy with this rich resource meant to expand and grow wealth even hell.
    Ghana however has to work extra hard in all sectors of life to realise growth.VISIONARY leaders in the person of osagyefo nkruma is needed within these period of drilliing to the post.I mean a leader who can can see witin the next 50 years.On the issue of secrities,we Ganianians have to be each others keeper as we keep on bending our kneel to GOD FOR PEACE.
    Good economic policies have to be put in place not in the pipe lines.
    However if the oil will be managed as most of the resources such as gold,manganese,bauxite and others; which are refined outside the country and sold back to the her at a higher price then Ghana will not enjoy a greater proportion of the oil cake.In this case it will be a lesser blessing to the family of the electrates.
    But politicians i assure you all we have the power of thumb to take the paramount decision for our motherland and her future.

    February 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  101. o'kyei

    Tracing the history of oil rich countries, interference, bribery and divisive tactics have been used by the west to cause all these problems. Yes our leaders are corrupt. Who makes them corrupt? When these leaders open foreign a/cs overseas and buy mansions abroad, the West turns a blind eye. So if the West shuts its doors to these practices, at least stolen oil funds would stay in thier respective nations.

    February 6, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  102. musaug

    My Ghanaian Brothers,

    You led the way in africa with Kwame Nkurumah , now God has added to you another chance that you will show the rest of us in Africa how to be good stewards of the natural resources the Lord has so bestowed on Africa. My prayer is the wisdom of the Lord be upon your Leaders that this gift will bring joy and prosperity in Ghana and the rest of africa and shame those who think Africa cannot manage itself.

    February 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  103. Adubia Twum

    Ghanaians a naturally religious, we therefore see the oil as a sign of a blessing, victory and reward,
    we will only be jittery and express diverse views innicially as to what to use the revenue for but with time we will show the rest of the world our worth in management and be a proud example.
    Then we will be proud to sing our national anthem
    "God, bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong..."

    February 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  104. Richard Sarpong

    hi,i hope with all the politics going on in the oil industry in Ghana,it will end up as a blessing. The ruling party is trying to get kosmos out and the sitting president look on unconcerened. A leading member of of the ruling party secures a very fishy contract worth $5million from MODEC the manufacturer of our FPSO which has led to the suspension of insurance on the FPSO from MIGA and other financing partners until thorough investigation is concluded. Our government sit here unperturbed,not even initiating investigations into it but US authorities have launch investigations into it. Is the oil in Ghana or US? What is wrong with our leaders? GOD SAVE MY COUNTRY,GHANA

    February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  105. Kofi Dosena

    The government has spoken well about the oil that the oil money will be used very well for the benefit of every Ghanaians, I trust the government but my problem is with those who are ruling with the government, its my prayer that all what the goevrnment said will be put into practice and not to deceive us for the oil to become a curse to all Ghanaians. Also we all Ghanaians need to work hard to ensure that whoever is put incharge works hard for the betterment of all Ghanaians and not for his own good, with this attitude i know the oil will be a bleesing more than a curse! Long Live GHANA and may God bless us all!

    February 16, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  106. african

    I could feel and touch the magnitude of hatred most ignorant Ghanians have against Nigeria. It's so sad that hate words are said here about Nigeria by those who left what they were asked to comment on and vented hate-words on Nigeria. Have we forgotten the past so sudden? Nigeria may be the worst, corrupt, criminal-infested or any manner of evil you can think of, but the truth remains that no nation is an exception to any kind of evil or the other. All nations on earth today have their peculiar dark side attached to all her good sides. Show me any nation today that does not have a bad egg in her bag.
    Rather than seeking ways of harnessing your new-found wealth into maximum usefulness, you Nigerian haters are busy venting out your bottled bitterness and grudge against Nigeria. Manage your new oil wealth for another 50years and then let's compare and see if you are better or worse than Nigeria, only time shall tell!!
    Nigeria may be down today, but in one way or the other, things may turn around again for good. Ghana has her story as well. No country is free! Most great countries of the world today have experienced one bad time or another. Ignorant, Nigeria-hating Ghanians should grow up, be exposed and know that their hating Nigeria does not remove an hair from any Nigerian or stop Nigeria from moving forward. Majority of Ghanians started from Nigeria, some travelled from there to the western world; some claimed Nigerian citizenships.... how can we forget the past so quickly? Oh, just because Nigeria is having her own problems, former praise-singers have suddenly become haters. Enough said!!!

    February 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
  107. GLORIA GYEKYEWAA AMOAH

    Oh God! please give the entire Ghanaian citizenry, and especially our political leaders a clear conscience in order to do the right things to shape Ghana into the dream country we all yearn for.............. God bless our homeland GHANA!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  108. Nicholson

    To me is a curse to Ghana.Why i am saying this,it will lead to corruption

    January 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  109. Peggy Aboagye

    Is a blessing.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  110. Basty

    The oil can breed disunity in the country.

    January 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
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    February 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  112. Johnson

    Dont think,oil will solve the problem of Ghana and more ghana have a long to go in oil production so stop making noice,

    Mind you that there is gold in all west african country and nigeria have more gold than ghana,but we havent tapped it yet

    May 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  113. Michael Makgoba

    We need to build our empire in africa were we trade among ourself

    May 21, 2012 at 11:02 am |
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    Oil is definitely a blessing to Ghana. The Ghanians in general are a hard working people. http://www.CommerceGhana.com

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  121. Bonsu Schuddrucque

    O' the dreams of our fore fathers has really come into fulfillment. May the good God who in sundry times extends a hand of rescue and aids His children even through the path of success grant unto us peace and love one for another for us to appreciate the discovery oil @ our shores... long live the people of Ghana! may this discovery be a stepping stone to better things in the near future!

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  122. Emmanuel A. Kwarteng

    Ghana has everything in terms of natural resourses mention: gold,cocoa,bauxite,timber and now oil.It is a huge blessing to look at such a country very small in size on the globe to be endowed with these natural resourses to this extent in relation to those in some great nation which have made it in term of economic development even without such natural endowments,Malaysia and Singapore are a few to mention.It is such pain for whosoever calls himself/herself a Ghanaian to think a bit that this blessing is a curse,it never true.I am hoping and believing that if some corrupt government officials would put a stop to embezzling of state funds and filling their 'pot bellies' with our national benefits only if possible,Ghana will soon become a second U.S.A,U.K,Canada,Malaysia and other great nation you can imagine-IT IS POSSIBLE.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:34 am |
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