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The Petroleum Commission (PC) has recorded 17,822 incursions within the safety zones of three oil and gas installations in three years, a situation it says threatens upstream oil and gas assets and the lives of the fishers.

The installations are the Jubilee, the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Sankofa and the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) oilfields.

The PC said instead of declining, the number of incursions by canoe fishermen rose to 7,015 as of October last year, from 4,185 in 2016 and 6,622 in 2017.

This came to light during an engagement with members of the Western Regional House of Chiefs in Takoradi. The Manager in charge of Health, Safety and Environment at the PC, Mr C. K. James, named some of the canoes that notoriously flouted the rules as By God’s Grace, Yehowa Dzi Mikwelo, C. C. F. Psalm 23, Enso Nyame Ye, Greater to Grace and Ben Gee.

Read more: Fishermen’s Incursions Threaten Oil, Gas Installations

The Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has said Ghana requires leaders with integrity and not those who jump the practical hurdles of life.

She made the comment while addressing students during a special mentoring program in the Eastern region as part of her ongoing visit to various courts in the country.

The Program was on the theme “I pledge Myself to the Service of Ghana”.

The Chief Justice urged the students to uphold indestructible integrity, spirit of patriotism and volunteerism from childhood to adulthood and manifest same wherever they find themselves to help move the Country forward .

She said for Ghana to move forward positively, it is imperative to get enough men and women with honesty and integrity to serve the country in various capacities but hastened to add that these qualities must be ingrained in individuals from tender age.

“We don’t need leaders who got their qualification through unlawful shortcuts, one day you will be found out, we don’t want leaders who want to hop over all obstacles by fair or foul means just to reach their personal goals, No! we don’t need leaders like that. we need leaders who have habit of honesty and Integrity”.

Read more: Ghana needs leaders with integrity – CJ

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