Western Region Minister Dr. Kweku Afriyie has expressed the willingness to lobby for the setting up of the Integrated Bauxite-Aluminum Authority in the region. He however explains that will depend on whether the region has what it takes to accommodate technicalities surrounding it establishment.
President Akuffo Addo speaking at the 2017 Africa CEO forum in Geneva, Switzerland disclosed that his government will set up an integrated bauxite-aluminum development authority in the next three months. Its mandate will be to mobilize the relevant resources to enable the country have an integrated aluminum industry. The President spoke of the country’s enormous natural resources including bauxite and iron ore stressing they remain untapped and underdeveloped. Ghana has three main bauxite sites in the country one of which is in Awaso in the western region. Responding to a question on whether he will support the initiative to bring the authority to his region Dr. Afriyie noted adequate consideration will have to go into where to take the Authority to. He believes that once there are bauxite deposits in the region it will not be out of place if the region hosts it.
“Of course, if all the technical reasons points to Awaso, I will fight for it like hell. You can trust me”, he stressed.
He also explained that the NPP government’s plan to divide the region is purely for administrative purposes.