General News of Thursday, 13 December 2012
President Mahama has paid a day’s working visit to Nigeria to discuss with President Goodluck Jonathan progress on the West African Gas Pipeline.
Although the broken pipe, which truncated supplies to Ghana months ago, has been fixed, further works have to be carried out.
President Mahama told journalists at the State House after the meeting "I took the opportunity to discuss with him the issue of the West Africa Gas Pipeline. As you are aware, it got broken and there was an accident when they were trying to activate it. So, I want President Jonathan to use his influence to get the pipeline back into operation as soon as possible so that Ghana can continue to receive Nigerian gas to power our electricity generation."
The two leaders resolved to continue to work together towards an early completion and ensure regular and reliable flow of Natural Gas through the WAGP to Ghana. They also discussed other important issues of bilateral cooperation, including energy, security, trade and cultural integration.
President Mahama used the opportunity to commiserate with President Jonathan on the loss of his brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan.
"I should have attended the funeral, but we were at the height of our election so, it wasn't possible. So, I came with the traditional drinks as it is customary with Ghana and our contribution to the funeral which I have presented to President Jonathan to be sent to the family back home", President Mahama noted.
On his part, President Jonathan congratulated Mr. Mahama on his victory in last weekend's presidential and parliamentary elections.
He welcomed President Mahama's success in securing his people's mandate for a full term in office, adding that the victory is an endorsement by the Ghanaian electorate of his leadership and his party's action plan for further socio-economic development and continued consolidation of democracy in the country.
President Mahama has since returned to Accra enroute to Equatorial Guinea to attend the 7th ACP summit in Malabo.