By Francis Tandoh

Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Friday said Ghanaians were the only ones who could develop the country better.

Ghanaian men learn carpentry skills at the New Century Careering Training Institute, which the Chinese government aided with two blocks of building in 2000 and 2014 at the Dansoman district of Accra, capital of Ghana, May 26, 2015. The Chinese government has also provided new furniture, equipment for skill-training and two generator sets for the training centre. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)
Ghanaian men learn carpentry skills at the New Century Careering Training Institute, which the Chinese government aided with two blocks of building in 2000 and 2014 at the Dansoman district of Accra, capital of Ghana, May 26, 2015. The Chinese government has also provided new furniture, equipment for skill-training and two generator sets for the training centre. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)
He said here in Takoradi in the Western Region (Province) capital, 218 kms west of Accra during a courtesy call on him at his palace by members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

The journalists, numbering thirty, selected from various media outlets were in a sensitization tour in the region to obtain firsthand information on the impact of oil drilling and gas processing on the livelihood of the communities in the catchment areas.

Ghana, after 58 years of attaining statehood he emphasized had not done so well as a result of the absence of a coherent national development plan.

He said, ?Nobody can develop Ghana except Ghanaians. We must have an overall development agenda which we will all pursue.?

The paramount chief paid glowing tributes to the country?s founder and first president, Kwame Nkrumah, for his visionary leadership as that contributed to the rapid development of the country during his era.

He called on the present generation to work towards leaving a lasting legacy that generations yet unborn would be proud of in future.

The production of oil and gas in commercial quantities and mining in the region Nana Nketsia V observed has brought about several challenges as people living in the catchment areas have lost their livelihoods with little or no compensation.

He called for new ways of thinking to ensure Ghanaians did not suffer unduly during the exploitation of its natural resources.

?There must be a new level of thinking. Until we change the way we think presently, we are not going anywhere as a nation,? Nana Nketsia V warned.

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