Trouble is brewing between Ghana and Togo over oil fields

Trouble is brewing between Ghana and Togo over oil fields

- Government says it’s resolved to end a possible maritime tussle with Togo

- YEN is gathering that Nana Addo will be speaking with Togolese authorities on the matter

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It has emerged that Ghana could be faced with yet another legal dispute with a different West African nation and it’s all about the production of oil.

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Trouble is brewing between Ghana and Togo over oil feilds

The bilateral relations between Ghana and Togo still remains strong despite this looming dispute

YEN gathers that the president would soon be heading to Togo to engage with authorities there over a looming maritime dispute between both countries.

A second minister in charge of energy, Mohammed Amin Anta has spoken to the press about this worrying issue. He reveals that Togoloese officials are stopping Ghanaian officials from digging oil wells.

“We haven’t got the response yet, but we want to be proactive, we don’t want to wait until it escalates to the level that we saw between Ghana and Ivory Coast. This is why the president has decided to embark on a diplomatic mission to dialogue with Togo that if there are issues that need to be addressed, we should address them,” he is quoted as stating.

Ghana is currently battling a maritime dispute against Ivory Coast at an international court - the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). So far, both countries have claimed ownership of the oil field between Ghana and Ivory Coast - a tussle which will end as soon as the court rules on the matter in September.

Trouble is brewing between Ghana and Togo over oil feilds

Mahama and Outarra revealed ties between both countries remains stronger despite the maritime dispute

But all doesn’t look lost as Ghana and Ivory Coast have pledged to sustain its friendship whichever way the ruling goes in September. This assurance has been made by both the former president Mahama during his tenure and visit to Ivory Coast and that of Nana Addo as well.

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Should the ruling go in favour of Ivory Coast, Ghana risks losing its share of oil revenues as millions of gallons in oil. This development could see the country lose its shine as the leading producer of oil in the African sub-region.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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