June 19, 2009

Atta-Mills, Yar’Adua hold bilateral talks

The Ghanaian President, Mr John Atta-Mills, is  in Abuja on to commence a one-day official visit to Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ghanaian president was received by his Nigerian counterpart, President Umaru Yar’Adua at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where the two presidents met behind closed doors.

Atta-Mills, was elected into office on Dec. 28, 2008 under the platform of the opposition party, the National Democratic Party (NDC) in a run-off election after scoring 50.23 per cent against his rival Mr Nana Akuto-Addo, who got 49.77 per cent.

Nigeria and Ghana have long history of friendship in the past years and the two countries are planning to revive their socio-econmic activities to further boost their bilateral relations.

The proposed visit of the American President, Mr Barack Obama to Ghana in July 2009 has been generating comments from political analysts and members of the opposition in Nigeria.

NAN, however, reliably learnt that the Ghanaian president might seek for additional supply of natural gas from Nigeria to meet the increasing local demand for the commodity in Ghana.

Ghana is also depending on the Nigeria gas supply for the running of its Takoradi Power Plant. Nigeria has pledged to commence the delivery of natural gas to Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic through the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) by January 2010.

The WAGP has an installed natural gas capacity of 170 million square cubic feet of gas per day with an additional capacity to upgrade to 474 million square cubic feet.