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Author Archives: Alexander Jonassen

Diabene: Not benefitting from the oil- and gas industry

In Western Region the oil and gas industry is booming these years. The oil production began a couple of years ago and in January the gas is scheduled to start running through the pipelines. The discovery of the oilfields in 2007 made everyone optimistic about the future of Ghana, and there were great expectations that […]

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Five Different Communities, Three Similar Issues

UCSOND visited five new communities in Jomoro district to hear about the issues they were facing in connection to the blooming Oil and Gas industry. Three issues stood out. This week representatives from UCSOND visited the five communities: Effasu, Mangyea, Egbazo, Takinta and Kablansuazo, to hear about which issues the community members were facing in […]

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Nursery in Kikam Needs Financial Support

At the Community Nursery and Library in Kikam, the children are sleeping on the concrete floor while using questionable toilet facilities. There is not enough money to pay the teachers and maintain the buildings. The CEO of UCSOND made a donation to help the nursery, but a lot more help is needed. It was a […]

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Planning the Next Four Years

At a public hearing in Takoradi, the Sekundi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly asked for inputs and comments from the public on the new Medium Term Development Plan. All chairs were occupied in the conference room at the Melody Hotel. Outside you could hear the vibrant sound of the streets of Takoradi in the mid day heat as […]

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Community Perception means a lot in the Process of Development

It was a very positive experience when UCSOND and two members of the Shama District Assembly visited the community of Fawomanye. The whole community was united and eager to make an effort for the development of the community. Most of the community members of Fawomanye were gathered under the small shed trying to avoid the […]

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No Compensation for Lost Land

Many farmers have lost their lands due to the construction of a big gas pipeline in Ellembelle District. Most of them still have not received any compensation from Ghana Gas. Antony Nyame draws an invisible line with his finger, as he points out, where his land used to be. He clearly remembers the day, when […]

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Wish for Change in Jomoro District

Representatives from the two communities, Egbazo and Ahobre Kakraba, had a lot of things they wanted to get on the agenda in the new Medium Term Development Plan for the district. Everyone stood up when the two chiefs made their entry at the community centre in Egbazo. The spokesperson addressed the visitors with great respect. […]

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We are not doing this for the Assembly Members

The members of the Assembly were clearly disappointed that only 150 people had shown up for the big town hall meeting in Takoradi. Besides the poor attendance a lot of issues were brought up for discussion. The attendance was poor when the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly had called all its citizens in for a town hall […]

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Youth Unemployment Destroys Community

In Apataim there are no jobs for the youth when they have finished their education. This means that a most of the young population are unemployed, while some are forced to leave the community in search for a job elsewhere. »ADYA!« shouts Erskine Benyanzor while he stands up to address his fellow community members. The […]

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A Livelihood Training Centre is Needed

The community members of Asemdasouzo agreed that something had to be done if the community should follow up with the commercialization that the oil and gas companies had brought to the area. More than twenty members of the Asemdasouzo community, in Ellembelle district, showed up on the 11th of September when UCSOND had called them […]

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