Feature Article of Sunday, 25 July 2010 by Bonsu, Akua
Date: 2010-07-25 06:45:02
Comment to: AUTHER;YABRE
This is not the first time you are producing a very jaundiced piece about our national priorities and our prospects of benefiting from our own oil. Kosmos has not right to determine who our partners ought to be. That is why we are entitled by law to give consent. You cannot force us to give our consent if this is against our national interests. It is clear you prefer Kosmos to have a better deal than your own country. I can assure you that the spirited performance you have been putting up here on this deal can only work if your audience also receive the same amount of money you have been paid to write all this nonsense. It is far cheaper to obey our laws than to bribe the entire population to go against a government determined to right the wrongs against the people of Ghana!
The choice facing us is not between the Chinese and Kosmos, it is between Ghana and greedy multinationals who have no respect whatsoever for our rights as a nation. Kosmos claims it has not violated our laws in the sharing of restricted data with over twenty other oil companies, yet it accuses the owner of the data, the GNPC of sharing its own data with the Chinese because we cannot discuss any deal with the Chinese without showing the data to them. My question for Kosmos therefore is this: so how did they make this deal with Exxon-Mobil without sharing the data in question, if as they claim, it is impossible to make deals without sharing our data? Why bother to attempt such a deceit with such childish and stupid lies?
Whether you like it or not, we are going to insist that the right thing be done. It is extremely important that we establish a sound reputation of making our laws respected, otherwise we have nothing left to defend ourselves.
Kosmos is clearly ready to do anything rather respect our laws. They have been anxious to sell all this time. Initially, when the deal with Exxon-Mobil was rightfully opposed by the Government of Ghana, they decided no longer to sell their shares and rather changed their status as oil explorers into an oil production company. After claiming to be right all along, they came to Ghana to apologize to the President at the castle. All that we asked of them is to regularize the data breeches. This they have failed to do, so the apology was exposed as being clearly insincere and a cheap trick to break our laws and swindle the nation with impunity.
At the time Kosmos was selling to Exxon-Mobil, they knew very well that they would need the consent of the Ghana government in order to carry the deal. They thought they could go ahead and sell it all the same and then twist the arms of the government to accept the deal. This is not gonna happen! The arms of Ghana cannot be twisted by Kosmos and its accomplices like this finagler of a girl called Akosua Bonsu!
I am happy that this article is so poorly written that any intelligent and patriotic Ghanaian would clearly see it for what it is. It sounds like a comic relief just before Kosmos comes to its senses that Ghanaians can never be taken for a ride! I hope those who paid you for this poor job are stupid enough to be happy with the futile efforts rather than doing the right thing themselves!
We are going to wear them down with their arrogance! What the people of Ghana do with our oil is our own business! Kosmos must first OBEY our laws and then we can talk business. Is that very clear?
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
* Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.